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Posted On: 1 March 2022 11:50 am
Updated On: 31 March 2022 02:45 pm

FIFA suspends Russia from international competitions; including FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ playoffs

Vrinda Abilash
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In a media release on 28 February 2022, FIFA has said that "following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice."

This decision expels Russia from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ playoffs just one month before the final qualification matches.

These decisions were adopted on 28 February 2022 by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters.

FIFA said that "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."

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Source: FIFA
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