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Ukraine: Russia banned from participating in World Cup, Euro 2024

NEWS DIGEST — Russia has been banned from Euro 2024 qualifying and the World Cup following the military invasion of Ukraine.

UEFA announced that Russia will be barred from competing in Euro 2024 qualification. All Russian teams are currently suspended from football due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

In July, the Russian football federation appealed their suspension, only for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold the decision.

Football has almost universally condemned the invasion, with Poland star Robert Lewandowski set to wear a Ukrainian captain’s armband at the World Cup this winter.

Russia men’s team were also banned from competing in the 2022 World Cup, forgoing their qualification playoff place. The women’s side were similarly barred from Euro 2022, being replaced by Portugal in the competition proper.

“All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022 which has further been confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 15 July 2022,” a UEFA statement read.

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