Russian clubs banned from competing in Europe next season, Russia banned from competing in Euro 2028

Russia has been banned from bidding to host Euro 2028 as part of a new round of sanctions taken by UEFA over the country’s suspension from European football.

Uefa suspended Russia’s national teams and clubs from competing in its competitions earlier this season following the invasion of Ukraine.

The governing body of European football has now confirmed that the measures have been extended to next season.

UEFA announced a new round of sanctions against Russia (Image: PA)
UEFA announced a new round of sanctions against Russia (Image: PA)

Russian clubs will be banned from competing in the men’s and women’s Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Conference League for the 2022-23 campaign.

The country’s selections also remain on hold, with Portugal set to replace Russia in the women’s Euro in England this summer.

The women’s team will no longer play in European qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup, while the men’s team – which was knocked out of the European play-off for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – will also be barred from playing in the UEFA Nations League. next season.

Russia was also banned from bidding to host the men’s European championships in 2028 and 2032.

Russia had previously declared an interest in vying with the UK and Ireland for the right to host Euro 2028, with Turkey also signaling interest in hosting the tournament.

Russia has also expressed interest in hosting Euro 2032, as have Turkey and Italy.

“The UEFA Executive Committee today declared the application submitted by the Football Union of Russia to host UEFA EURO 2028 or UEFA EURO 2032 as ineligible,” reads a statement released by UEFA on Twitter.

“This is one of several decisions relating to the suspension of Russian teams and clubs from UEFA competitions.”

The Champions League final was moved from the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris (Image: PA)
The Champions League final was moved from the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris (Image: PA)

The decision to ban Russian clubs from European competition next season should benefit Scottish football, with the Scottish Premiership winner now set to automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Celtic are currently at the top of the table and will be crowned champions if they earn four points in their last three league games.

Earlier this season, Russia lost the right to host the Champions League final.

Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena was supposed to host the event on May 28, before being moved to the Stade de France in Paris following the invasion of Ukraine.

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