FIFA and UEFA suspend teams from Russia over Ukraine invasion

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - OCTOBER 11: Georgi Dzikiya of Russia (#14) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Russia's second goal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Russia at Stadion Ljudski vrt on October 11, 2021 in Maribor, Slovenia. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)

FIFA and UEFA have suspended football teams from Russia indefinitely in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine that has left at least 240 civilian casualties.

The decision was taken today by the Bureau of FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA following the initial decisions adopted by the bodies.

A statement to this effect obtained by newsmen from FIFA’s website reads, “Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which decisions envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.

“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”