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UEFA Bans Russian Teams From Champions League Next Season

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The European football body has banned Russian teams from participating in the Champions League and all other competitions next season, UEFA announced on Monday.

"Russia will have no affiliated clubs participating in Uefa club competitions in the 2022/23 season," it said in a statement.

Russian clubs and national teams were suspended "until further notice" by Uefa in February in the wake of the country's invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian team's exclusion from the Women's European Championship to take place in England in July was also confirmed on Monday.

Portugal, who had lost to Russia in a qualifying playoff, will take their place in Group C alongside 2019 World Cup runners-up Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

In addition, Uefa declared Russia's bid to host either the 2028 or 2032 European Championship "not eligible".

Russia's national team had already been kicked out of the qualifying competition for this year's World Cup in Qatar by Fifa just before a crucial playoff tie against Poland in March.

The country's football federation initially appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport only to drop its legal challenge last month.

It was also confirmed on Monday that Russia will play no further part in the qualifying campaign for the 2023 Women's World Cup with all its results up to now considered null and void.

Russia had been in second place in their section behind Denmark.

Similarly, the men's team will not participate in the Nations League due to start in June as had been planned, meaning they will automatically be placed bottom of their group.

Uefa's sweeping announcement also confirmed Russia's exclusion from qualifying for the next Under-21 European Championship.

Russia Kicked Out Of Euro Bid Process

Saint Petersburg had been due to host this season's Champions League final before Uefa stripped the city of the game following the start of the invasion, awarding the match to Paris instead.

Uefa said that the decision to kick Russia out of the bidding process for Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 was taken partly because the host nation would normally be guaranteed automatic qualification.

But Russia's ongoing suspension means it cannot be certain that the country will be allowed to return to the international fold by then.

Turkey had also shown an interest in hosting Euro 2028, along with a joint bid by the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Turkey and Italy were the other countries to express an interest in hosting the 2032 edition.

Uefa, which also recently broke its sponsorship deal with Russian state energy giant Gazprom, will announce the host nations for both tournaments in September 2023.

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 TABLE

UEFA Champions League
No Teams P Pts
1 Liverpool 13 28
2 Atletico Madrid 9 11
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 AC Milan 6 4
No Teams P Pts
1 AFC Ajax 7 18
2 Sporting CP 6 9
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 9
4 Besiktas 6 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 11 24
2 Inter Milan 6 10
3 Sheriff FC 6 7
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 8 19
2 Benfica 11 12
3 Barcelona 6 7
4 FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Villarreal 16 17
2 Manchester United 7 11
3 Atalanta 6 6
4 Young Boys 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Lille OSC 11 11
2 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 10
3 Sevilla 6 6
4 VfL Wolfsburg 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Chelsea 13 19
2 Juventus 12 15
3 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5
4 Malmo FF 6 1
Full Table

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