FIFA and UEFA exclude all Russian clubs and national teams

This was stated by the European Football Association and the International Football Association on Monday.

Earlier Monday, Reuters, the BBC and German news agency DPA quoted unnamed sources as saying that an exception was imminent.

The exception means that Russia will be denied rematch against Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic for a place at the Qatar World Cup this fall.

The reason for the exception is the state war in Ukraine.

FIFA decided recently on Sunday not to exclude Russia now. FIFA then ruled that Russia should play its matches on neutral ground, and that no Russian flag should be used or the national anthem should be played.

There has been a strong reaction from many to what the world’s largest specialized federation considers inadequate measures.

– Shame and shame, said Secretary General Pål Bjerketvedt of the Norwegian Football Association, while national team manager Ståle Solbakken called FIFA “the most incompetent of the incompetent”.

Sweden was among the countries that reacted by excluding playing against Russia regardless of country and field.

However, on Monday, the International Olympic Committee issued a clear call to all sports federations around the world to exclude Russian and Belarusian participants in all international competitions.

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