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Russian Clubs Banned From Competing In Europe Next Season, Russia Prevented From Bidding For Euro 2028

Rory O'Callaghan

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Russian Clubs Banned From Competing In Europe Next Season, Russia Prevented From Bidding For Euro 2028

Russia has been banned from bidding to host Euro 2028 as part of a fresh round of sanctions taken by UEFA in relation to the country's suspension from European football.

UEFA suspended Russia's national teams and club sides from competing in its competitions earlier this season following the invasion of Ukraine.

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

UEFA has announced a fresh round of sanctions against Russia (Image: PA)
UEFA has announced a fresh 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 in the 2022-23 campaign.

The country's national sides also remain suspended, with Portugal set to replace Russia in the women's Euros in England this summer.

The women's team will no longer compete in European qualification for the 2023 World Cup, while the men's team - who were kicked out of the European play-offs for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar - will also be prevented from competing in next season's Nations League.

Russia has also been banned from bidding to host the men's European championship in 2028 and 2032.

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

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

"The UEFA Executive Committee has today declared the bid submitted by the Football Union of Russia to host UEFA EURO 2028 or UEFA EURO 2032 as ineligible," read a statement released by UEFA on Twitter.

"This is one of several decisions relating to the on-going suspension of Russian teams and clubs from UEFA competitions."

The Champions League final has been moved from the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris (Image: PA)
The Champions League final has been 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 is set to benefit Scottish football, with the winner of the Scottish Premiership now set to automatically qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.

Celtic are currently top of the table and will be crowned champions if they claim four points from their final three league games.

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

The Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg was due to host the event on May 28 before it was moved to the Stade de France in Paris following the invasion of Ukraine.

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Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Russia, Ukraine, UEFA, Champions League, Europa Conference League, Europa League, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Super Cup, Zenit

Rory O'Callaghan
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