UEFA disqualifies Russia from Women's Euros, Champions League, Women's World Cup

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UEFA announced on Monday that Russia has been disqualified from numerous upcoming soccer tournaments around the world due to Russian president Vladimir Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's national and club teams will not be able to compete in the Women’s European Championship, the next men’s Champions League and the 2023 Women's World Cup qualifiers, as well as a number of other UEFA events.

UEFA and FIFA had suspended Russia from all international tournaments, including the men's World Cup, back in February when Putin's invasion began. But UEFA made it official on Monday, giving Russia's national and club teams the boot from its soccer competitions. UEFA has also rejected Russia's bid to host the 2028 and 2032 Euros, which came after Putin's invasion of Ukraine had started.

Russia, Belarus continue to be banned

Players and teams from Russia and Belarus (whose dictatorial leader Alexander Lukashenko supports Russia's invasion) have been banned or disqualified from numerous sporting events due to Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Here's a sampling:

Russia has even been banned from participating in video game soccer matches, as EA Sports announced in March that Russian clubs were being removed from "FIFA 22."

It's unclear what these many organizations believe will be gained by banning Russian and Belarusian players from sporting events. Russia's political and military actions are not necessarily reflective of the personal feelings of those athletes, or anyone living in Russia or Belarus. Despite that, both countries have continued to be banned or disqualified from sporting events around the world, essentially punishing athletes for something they have no control over.

Gothenburg , Sweden - 12 April 2022; Sweden players stand with a banner in support of Ukraine before the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 qualifying match between Sweden and Republic of Ireland at Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Russia has been banned from more soccer tournaments due to president Vladimir Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)