Moscow, Russia /
The Russian Football Federation denounced this Monday a “discriminatory” measure following the exclusion of their national team from the 2022 World Cup in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement, the Russian Federation was “in total disagreement with the decision of FIFA and UEFA to suspend the Russian teams” and estimates that this measure “will have an obvious discriminatory effect on a large number of athletes, coaches, club or national team employeesand, more importantly, about millions of Russian and foreign fans”.
The Russian Federation also stated that “reserves the right to appeal this decision of FIFA and UEFA in accordance with international sports law”, without giving further details.
FIFA and UEFA announced this Monday in a joint statement that Russia, host of the 2018 World Cup, was excluded from the World Cup, whose next edition will take place in Qatar in November and December of this year.
The Russian men’s team is not the only one affected, since the women’s team will not be able to play the European Championship in England, in July, and Spartak Moscow, last Russian club with options in European competitions this season, was excluded from the Europa League.