FC Spartak Moscow has been suspended from UEFA competitions until further notice.
Spartak Moscow had been scheduled to play next week in the Europa League against German club RB Leipzig, but have now been banned. Russia’s women’s team has also been banned from this summer’s European Championships.
The moves are not unprecedented, as FIFA and UEFA expelled Yugoslavia from its competitions in 1992 when war broke out in the Balkans.
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said in the statement.
“Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.
These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters.
Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. 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”. – UEFA’s statement.