— Published 27 March 2023

Belarus under threat of exclusion

Will Belarus soon be excluded, like Russia, from European football competitions? Probably. German TV station ARD reports that UEFA will discuss the matter at its next executive committee meeting, scheduled for 4 April. Its president, Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, announced this in a letter sent to around 100 MEPs in response to a question from one of them, Polish Culture Committee member Tomasz Frankowski (EPP, right). “It has long been UEFA’s intention to discuss the situation in Belarus at the next meeting of our executive committee,” the president said in his letter, which ARD has seen. An exclusion of Belarus will be discussed. It could include the qualifications for Euro 2024 in Germany, while the national team played its first match on Saturday 25 March against Switzerland in Novi Sad, Serbia (5-0 defeat). German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser called for Belarus to be excluded from UEFA back in September 2022. Russia was excluded from European competitions after the start of the military offensive in Ukraine, but not Belarus.