Russia are BANNED from Euro 2024 as UEFA kicks them out of qualification over Ukraine’s invasion… but Belarus are currently in the draw to take place on October 9
- Russia will not be participating at Euro 2024, with UEFA confirming their ban will continue
- They have been suspended from international football since the invasion of Ukraine
- Russian clubs are also banned from playing in UEFA’s continental competitions
- The draw for the Euro 2024 qualifiers will take place in Frankfurt on 9 October
- UEFA confirmed that Russia’s allies in the war, Belarus, will remain in the draw for the time being
- Germany will automatically qualify for the finals in 2024 as the host nation
Russia will be banned from Euro 2024 as the country’s isolation from international sport continues over the war in Ukraine.
The country has been suspended from UEFA and FIFA competitions since Vladimir Putin’s military launched its invasion of Ukraine in February and has now been barred from qualifying for the competition.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal by Russia against the ban back in July.
UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that Russia will not be in the qualifying draw, which is scheduled to take place in Frankfurt on October 9. Host nation Germany automatically qualifies for the tournament.
A UEFA statement read: ‘All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee on 28 February 2022, which was further 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 qualification draw.”
Russia’s national football team has been barred from qualifying for the 2024 European Championship in Germany
Russia will not feature at Euro 2024, which will be hosted by Germany, and they will be absent from the qualifying draw in Frankfurt on October 9
However, UEFA confirmed that Belarus, who have been allied with Russia during their invasion of Ukraine, will be included in the qualifying draw at this time.
UEFA has banned both the Russian national team from playing in official matches and all Russian club teams from competing in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League this season.
As a result of Russia’s exclusion and Germany’s automatic qualification, the 53 remaining nations will be divided into seven groups of five teams and three groups of six teams.
The 10 group winners and 10 runners-up will advance to the final, while the remaining three places will be decided via play-offs to be played in March 2024.
The 53 nations involved will be seeded according to the overall 2022-2023 UEFA Nations League rankings and divided into seven pools.
A Ukrainian unit rides tanks as they retake territory taken by Russia earlier in the conflict
The funeral of a Ukrainian military serviceman will take place in the capital Kiev this weekend
It came as UEFA fined and issued a warning to the coach of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksandr Petrakov, after he said he was willing to shoot invading Russian soldiers in Kiev.
Petrakov, 65, told the Guardian back in April that “if they come to Kiev, I will pick up a weapon and defend my city,” adding “I think I could take out two or three enemies.”
This led to the Russian Football Federation writing to UEFA accusing Petrakov of discriminating against their country and failing to remain politically neutral and calling for him to be banned.
But in a Facebook post, the head of the Ukrainian Football Federation, Andrii Pavelko, wrote that UEFA merely warned Petrakov and issued a small fine, which the organization paid on his behalf.
Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov was fined and warned by UEFA after comments about the war