UEFA decision: Russia’s EURO offers are not valid

From: 02/05/2022 18:43

The UEFA Executive Committee invalidated Russia’s offers for Euro 2028 or 2032 and banned Russian teams from several competitions.

This was announced by UEFA on Monday (2 May 2022). Russian teams will not participate in the Champions League, Europa League or Conference League in the 2022/23 season. Russia was also excluded from the European Women’s 2022. The application to host the Men’s European 2028 or 2032 was declared invalid.

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The offer from Russia has put UEFA under pressure

On 28 February, UEFA and FIFA suspended Russian teams ahead of Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine, but not the association, which in principle made the EM offer possible. Except for an appeal by the Russian side, the remaining questions are:

  • 2028: A British-Irish bid (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland) and Turkey
  • 2032: Italy and Turkey

With the offer, Russia put UEFA in an awkward position where it became clear that they had only punished the teams and not the association. UEFA justifies the rejection of the application with its implementing regulations. He says: “Every bidder must ensure that they do not act in a way that could discredit UEFA (…), the bidding process or European football.” In addition, the host must be guaranteed the right to start, which is currently not possible due to the disqualification of the Russian teams.

In its communication, UEFA did not mention Belarus. Dictator Alexander Lukashenko is providing military support to Russia in its attack on Ukraine.

Exclusion from club competitions such as the Champions League

All men’s and women’s club competitions will take place without Russian teams. This concerns:

  • Men’s Champions League
  • Women’s Champions League
  • Men’s Europa League
  • Europa Conference League men

Women’s European Championships 2022: Portugal climbs

Russia qualified for the 2022 European Women’s Championships in England. Portugal is now climbing high: this is the team against which Russia prevailed in the qualifying playoffs and thus secured participation in the European Championship.

CE 2022 Group
Group A Group B Group C Group D
England Germany Holland France
Austria Denmark Sweden Italy
Norway Spain Portugal Belgium
northern Ireland Finland Swiss Island

Women’s World Cup: Russia cannot qualify

The Russian women’s team missed their first qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and will miss the next ones as well. Group six will therefore be played with five teams to the end, UEFA said. The road to the World Cup is therefore closed for the moment.

No participation in youth tournaments

Furthermore, Russia did not play any qualifying matches for the Under 21 European Championship in 2023 and will not be allowed to play the other matches originally scheduled: the European Championship will take place in Romania and Georgia in 2023. The men’s U17 and U19 European Championships will also be played. and women’s will take place without Russian teams.

Private Champions League finals, but Dyukov still in exco

Alexander Dyukov, head of Gazprom Neft and member of the UEFA board of directors

Bild: Yegor Aleyev via

At the start of the war, UEFA had withdrawn the Champions League final from St. Petersburg and reassigned it to Saint-Denis near Paris. Additionally, UEFA has entered into a sponsorship relationship with Gazprom. Gazprom manager Alexander Dyukov, who is also the president of the Russian association, remains on the executive committee.


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