UEFA imposes new sanctions against Russian teams due to the war in Ukraine

UEFA has stepped up sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, excluding the country from more football competitions.

Russian teams will not be allowed to participate in the European Women’s Championship this summer, as well as to qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and the next Men’s Champions League.

Russian teams have already been suspended by FIFA and UEFA from participating in international competitions “until further notice”.

The latest sanctions are likely to be challenged again by Russia in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Portugal, who lost to Russia in the play-off round, will now take Russia’s place at Women’s UEFA EURO 2022 in England in July.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Russian Premier League “Zenith St. Petersburg”. Next season in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, St. Petersburg will be replaced by the champions of Scotland. Russia will also not participate in the Europa League and the European Conference League next season.

UEFA said its executive committee has made the latest decisions to “ensure their smooth preparation in a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders”.

Russia’s bids to host the European Men’s Championship in 2028 or 2032 have also been declared ineligible.

Russia will also not play in the men’s Nations League and will automatically be relegated, UEFA said on Monday.

The latest UEFA sanctions also ban Russia from participating in the European Under-21 Championship, as well as youth and futsal competitions.