— Published 3 May 2022

Russians deprived of anything


UEFA has decided that Russian clubs will be banned from all European competitions for the 2022-2023 season, including the Champions League. The continental body announced this on Monday 2 May in a statement, in which it unveiled the list of sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The UEFA executive committee did not go into detail: Russian clubs are excluded from the Champions League, the Europa League and the Europa League Conference. Russia has also been excluded from the Women’s Euro, scheduled for 6-31 July 2022 in England, where its team will be replaced by Portugal. In the Men’s Nations League, Russia is excluded from the group stage. Russia will therefore be placed last in their group, a position that will mean demotion to League C for the next edition. Finally, Russia’s dual bid to host the 2028 and 2032 European Football Championships, submitted last month, was deemed “inadmissible” by UEFA.