Russia’s manager at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 is among those appealing to the governing bodies
Russia’s national team has been exiled by UEFA and FIFA © Michael Regan / FIFA via Getty Images
FIFA and UEFA have made a “very dangerous” decision by banning Russian teams from competitions because of the attack on Ukraine, a group of high-profile football figures has warned.
The Russian Union of Football Veterans accused the governing bodies of discrimination and politicizing sport with the move, pointing to the success of the Russia 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 matches hosted in the country last summer.
Announcing that the Russian national team and club would be suspended from all competitions from February 28, the Presidents of the organizations voiced their hope that the situation in Ukraine would “improve significantly and rapidly”, calling for the sport to “again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”
That has all-but ended Russia’s chances of appearing at the 2022 World Cup after their World Cup playoff semifinal opponents, Poland, were handed a bye to the final later this month.