10 May 2022 | 08:25 | Football
Russian clubs have been banned by UEFA from participating in the Champions League and all other European competitions next season, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.
“Russia will have no affiliated clubs participating in UEFA club competitions during the 2022/23 season,” it said in a statement.
Russian clubs and national teams were suspended by UEFA “until further notice” in February following the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s exit from the Women’s European Championships, which will take place in England in July, was also confirmed on Monday.
Portugal, which lost to Russia in the qualifying play-off, will take their place in Group C alongside the 2019 World Cup runners-up Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
In addition, UEFA declared Russia to host the 2028 or 2032 European Championships as “ineligible”.
The Russian national team was knocked out of this year’s World Cup qualifier by FIFA in Qatar just before the crucial play-off against Poland in March.
The country’s football federation initially appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport only to dismiss the legal challenge last month.
It was also confirmed on Monday that Russia will not take part in any further part of the qualifying campaign for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with all results so far considered void.
Russia came in second place in their section after Denmark.
Likewise, the men’s team will not participate in the Nations League due to the scheduled June start, meaning they will automatically be placed at the bottom of their group.
UEFA’s sweeping announcement also confirmed Russia’s exclusion from qualifying for the next European Under-21 Championship.
– Euro bids disqualified –
Zenit Saint Petersburg will qualify for next season’s Champions League group stage after winning a fourth consecutive Russian Premier League title on Saturday.
The runner-up will enter the third qualifying round.
The ban could result in the remaining foreign players leaving the country’s top clubs.
The Zenit squad includes former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren and one-time Barcelona winger Malcom.
The Russian football season has continued since the start of the war, in contrast to the Ukrainian club season which was suspended shortly after the invasion and abandoned last week with no champions being crowned. .
A point based on UEFA’s decision that automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage will go to Zenit which will now go to this season’s Scottish Premier League winners.
Scotland is next in the UEFA coefficient ranking.
Saint Petersburg was already hosting this season’s Champions League final before UEFA stripped the city of its competition rights after the start of the invasion, awarding the match to Paris instead.
UEFA said the decision to exclude Russia from the Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 bidding processes was made in part because the host nation is usually automatically guaranteed eligibility.
But Russia’s continued suspension of operations means it is unlikely that the country will be allowed to return to the international market at that time.
Turkey has also shown an interest in hosting Euro 2028, with the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland participating in the bid.
Turkey and Italy are other countries that have expressed interest in hosting the 2032 edition.
UEFA, which also recently broke its sponsorship deal with Russian state energy giant Gazprom, will announce the host nations for both tournaments in September 2023.