The European Football Association (UEFA) has announced the exclusion of Russia from the qualifying matches for the European Championship 2024, as the Russian team remains banned from all competitions until further notice due to the war in Ukraine.
But Belarus, seen as the main launching pad for Russian military operations, will take part in the qualifying competition even though UEFA has said it will not fall into the same group as Ukraine.
In February, FIFA and UEFA decided to ban all Russian teams, whether at team or club level, from participating in competitions organized by the two federations after the war, which Moscow calls a “special military operation.”
In July last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal of the Russian Football Association and four Russian clubs against the decisions of FIFA and UEFA.
UEFA confirmed that Russia will not participate in the tournament after its executive committee met in Croatia and agreed on the details of the qualifying draw, which will take place on 9 October in Frankfurt. Germany will host the final in 2024.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the Russian Football Association’s motion to freeze his FIFA suspension, ending Moscow’s hopes of participating in the World Cup final later this year.