FIFA and UEFA have now banned Russian athletes from all football competitions including national teams, MySportDab reports.
Fifa’s decision means that Russia would miss the men’s World Cup qualification play-offs in March.
The decision comes after Russia started a military mission in Ukraine last week.
Yesterday, Fifa decided that Russia would complete in their upcoming games at a neutral venue without their flag and anthem.
However, the announcement was criticised by fans and national teams around the world.
A statement from UEFA today read:
“All Russian national teams and football clubs are now suspended from both FIFA and UEFA competitions.”
Several countries like Scotland, Poland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, and Czech Republic have refused to play against Russia.
FIFA and UEFA suspend Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions.
Full statement: ⬇️
— UEFA (@UEFA) February 28, 2022
Russia were meant to play against Poland in the 2022 World Cup play-offs, followed by a match with Czech or Sweden on 29 March.
Russia’s women national team were also set to play at the 2022 Women’s Euro in England in July.
Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has supported the decision to ban Russian athletes from international competitions.
The 2022 Champions League final has also been moved to a new stadium in France as it was due to be played in Russia on 28 May.
Also, UEFA has banned all Russian clubs from the competitions like Champions League and Europa League.
In the Europa League, Spartak Moscow were due to play against RB Leipzig in the Last-16 but they will now miss the game.
RB Leipzig have now automatically qualified for the Europa League quarter-final.
More to follow.