International football federation FIFA and the European federation UEFA have suspended Russia’s national and club teams from all competitions until further notice due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the bodies said in a joint statement on Monday.
“Football is 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,” the statement read.
Russia was originally the rival of Poland in the European path of the playoffs for World Cup 2022, to be held in Qatar. This means that the Polish team may either get a bye and face the better side from the duel between the Czech Republic or Sweden, or take on a replacement team – most likely, Hungary.
UEFA cancels Gazprom deal
Furthermore, UEFA has cancelled their sponsorship deal with Russian energy company Gazprom, European soccer’s governing body said on Monday, reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“UEFA has today decided to end its partnership with Gazprom across all competitions. The decision is effective immediately and covers all existing agreements including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA national team competitions and UEFA EURO 2024.
The sponsorship deal has been in place since 2012 and has been reported to be worth around EUR 40 mln per season.
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