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FIFA expels Russia from World Cup, Russian clubs also barred from International competitions

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In solidarity with Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia and Russian Club Teams from FIFA and other international competitions. 

In an unprecedented move, FIFA on Monday announced the move to expel Russia from the Football World Cup. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) also barred the Russian Club Teams from taking part in international competitions. This move comes in solidarity with Ukraine, which is devastated by the Russian Armed Forces. Releasing a joint statement, FIFA and UEFA said, “Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine.” The statement further reads, “Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”

Further, UEFA also terminated its sponsorship with the Russian energy giant Gazprom. The big moves come just after the IOC (International Olympic Committee) recommended putting a ban on the Russian Belarusian athletes from taking part in all mega tournaments. Earlier, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) directed Russia to play matches without its flag and anthem at neutral venues and warned that they could be suspended from the federation. Shortly after this, the Federation went ahead and expelled the Russian Football Team that hosted the FIFA World Cup in the year 2018. 

The International Olympic Committee directly went after the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who turned the Sochi Winter Olympics held in Sochi, into a personal subject. Further, releasing a statement, the IOC stated that Putin’s golden Olympic Order, which was awarded in 2011, has been withdrawn.

The Russian Football Union has denounced the suspension and has termed the move as ‘discriminatory’. Earlier, the International Judo Federation also suspended Vladimir Putin from the post of Honorary President of the federation. 

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