FIFA and UEFA exclude Russia and its clubs from tournaments

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The International Football Association (FIFA) and the European Football Association (UEFA) announced on Monday the exclusion of the Russian national team and its clubs from all international tournaments, due to the war in Ukraine.

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“FIFA and UEFA have taken a joint decision to suspend the participation of all Russian clubs and the national team from international football competitions until further notice,” UEFA said in a statement.

“Football is united here and in full solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine,” the statement added.

Earlier in the day, the International Olympic Committee on Monday called on sports organizations to exclude all Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from international sporting events.

On February 24, Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine, which prompted capitals and regional and international organizations to impose sanctions on Moscow that included multiple sectors, including diplomatic, financial and sports.

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According to the United Nations, the Russian military operation has so far killed 102 civilians in Ukraine and caused more than 500,000 people to flee the country.

While Ukraine announced that more than 350 civilians were killed and more than 1,600 others were injured in the attacks launched by Russian forces.