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UEFA removes more Russian teams from its competitions

Russia’s teams will remain suspended from international and European competition into next season and the nation’s bid to host the European Championships in either 2028 or 2032 has been ruled ineligible by UEFA.

The European governing body announced a string of decisions in relation to Russia, which has been suspended since February following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

Monday’s announcement said Russia’s men’s team would not participate in the Nations League which begins in June, and will automatically face relegation from League B. The women’s team will also be barred from Euro 2022 in England and replaced by Portugal, the team they beat in the qualifying play-offs.

Russia will also be barred from playing any further matches in qualifying for either the Women’s World Cup in 2023 or the 2023 European Under-21 championships, with their results to this point declared null and void.

The bids submitted to host either Euro 2028 or 2032 have been dismissed, with UEFA’s executive committee citing article 16.02 of the regulations which states that “each bidder shall ensure that it does not act in a manner that could bring UEFA, the UEFA final or UEFA final phase, any other bidder (or any employee, officer or representative of any of the foregoing), the bidding procedure or European football into disrepute”.

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