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Adidas suspends deal with Russian football federation

Adidas has suspended its sponsorship deal with Russia’s national football team.

The German sportswear giant has been partnered with Russia’s national team since 2009.

Russian football has already been hit with huge sanctions as both UEFA and FIFA announced on Monday that national and club teams are banned from competing in its competitions until further notice.

But now Adidas has confirmed that it is halting its current deal in place to provide the kit for the national team.

A spokesman for Adidas said on Tuesday: ‘Adidas is suspending its partnership with the Russian Football Federation (RFS) with immediate effect.’

Russia have been sponsored by Adidas since 2009 (AFP via Getty)

Adidas’ decision comes after Manchester United ended their deal with Russian airline Aeroflot last week.

German football club Schalke also announced on Monday that their deal with Gazprom, which has been running for 15 years, has been terminated.

Russia, meanwhile, were due to face Poland in the World Cup qualifying play-offs this month but the Polish FA refused to play against them.

The Russian national team are now no longer in with a chance of featuring at the World Cup later this year.

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