UEFA Confirms Russia Banned For Participating For Euro 2024
In this photo illustration the UEFA Euro 2024 logo seen displayed on a smartphone — Photo by rafapress

UEFA have confirmed that Russia will be banned from participating in the 2024 European Championship due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Russia were booted out of 2022 World Cup qualifying, and banned in February from international competitions by world football governing body FIFA along with UEFA following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The 2024 event will be hosted in Germany, with the qualifying groups to be drawn on October 9 in Frankfurt.

UEFA have permitted Belarus to be part of the draw, despite their ongoing political support for Russia whom they are a military ally.

The UEFA statement said: “All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022, which was further confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 15 July 2022.

“Russia is therefore not included in the UEFA European Football Championship 2022-24 qualifying draw.”

There will be 53 national associations in the draw, with 10 groups overall, including seven with five teams and three of six.

Russia launched an appeal against the original ban which was dismissed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July.

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