FIFA boots Russia from tournament play as backlash over Ukraine invasion rolls in

FIFA and UEFA, the two largest football governing bodies, have announced in a joint statement that they will be banning the country of Russia from participating in international tournaments and, perhaps most importantly, the World Cup 2022 playoffs.

“FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” read the statement.

They would go on to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the people of Ukraine as Russia continues its relentless assault on the Ukrainian people.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.’

This response comes after FIFA took fire for imposing only a temporary ban on the Russian name, flag, and national anthem, and prohibiting the country from hosting matches.

Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic refused to play against Russia, which sparked an outpouring of support and prompted other teams to also refuse.

This is just the latest in a long line of consequences that Russia is facing due to President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. Social media was more than happy to respond, as well as offer further improvements the federation could make:

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