UEFA refuses to return Russian players to European tournaments despite paying fees

According to Sky News, Russian football teams will be banned from participating in European tournaments. Russia will also lose the right to host the UEFA Super Cup – a match between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League, which was to be held in Kazan in August.

Ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA executive committee meeting, leaders of the Russian Football Union (RFU) were due to hold talks with officials from European football’s governing body. The Russian representative would like to use the meeting to discuss the return of clubs and national teams to international tournaments.

However, UEFA will not allow Russian teams to return while the war in Ukraine continues, the channel notes. For now, European football officials want to discuss the general situation in Russian football and the preparation of teams that may return to competition when the war ends.

Shortly after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UEFA and FIFA suspended Russian teams from the tournament until further notice. These rulings were confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July.

Russia was banned from qualifying for the men’s World Championships and from participating in the women’s European Championships. Also, the Russian team cannot qualify for the 2024 European Championships.

UEFA needs a new venue for the August Super Bowl match. Last year, the organization had to move the Champions League final from St. Petersburg to Paris – the match was played at the stadium. “Stade de France”,

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