Russia Banned From Euro 2024 Qualifiers Over Ukraine Invasion

Russia has been banned from participating in Euro 2024 qualifying matches over the war in Ukraine, according to UEFA.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, UEFA and FIFA imposed a ban on national and club teams, which was upheld in July after the Court of Arbitration rejected an appeal. In addition, the country was banned from bidding to host Euro 2028 or Euro 2032.

Russia was barred from qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, which will be held later this year, and will now miss a second consecutive international tournament.

Russia banned from Euro 2024
Russia banned from Euro 2024

A UEFA statement read: “All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022 which has further been confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 15 July 2022.

“Russia is therefore not included in the UEFA European Football Championship 2022-24 qualifying draw.”

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UEFA confirmed that Germany would qualify to host the Euros in two years, with the qualifying draw scheduled for October 9 in Frankfurt.

Fifty-three countries will compete for the remaining 23 spots in the finals. The 10 group winners and runners-up will qualify, as will three additional teams via a play-off competition in March 2024.

The 12 best-performing teams from the 2022-23 Nations League who have not already qualified via the traditional route will compete in those play-offs.

According to UEFA, there will be seven groups of five teams and three groups of six teams.

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