The current state of war between Russia and Ukraine has taken the world by storm. So much so that it has impacted the sporting world as well. Several organizations in the world have taken some big steps against the Russia.
In what comes as big news, FIFA and UEFA have banned Russia, as well as its clubs from all their competitions. Due to the country’s invasion over Ukraine, Russian teams have been suspended from international football. However, FIFA and UEFA have stated that the country and their clubs will be suspended “Until Further Notice”.
UEFA also ended its sponsorship with Russian energy giant Gazprom. The two bodies recently issued a statement in order to support Ukraine. They were hopeful that the situation of the county would improve.
Football is fully united here: FIFA and UEFA
“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,” FIFA and UEFA said. In the meanwhile, Russia will not be playing the football world cup as well.
The International Olympic Committee urged sports bodies to exclude Russia as well as their athletes and officials from international events, including the FIFA World Cup. The IOC said it was needed to “protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants,”
Thus, this allowed FIFA to ban the country from participating in the WC. Besides, Poland have refused to play their scheduled game against Russia. However, Russia’s Olympic committee leader Stanislav Pozdnyakov recently said that they “categorically disagree”. Thus, the whole world will be keen to see how things finally unfold.