UEFA will make official in the next few hours the expulsion of the Moscow Spartak from Europa League due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A decision that would have its origin in the refusal of the Moscow team’s rival in the round of 16, the RB Leipzigto face that tie.
In the draw for the round of 16 held last Friday, the Moscow Spartak was paired with Leipzig, but the German team refuses to play that match against the Russians, despite the fact that the UEFA decided that the Moscow team should play its home game in a local country. A solution that the leaders of the German club do not accept, so the highest body in European football, according to the Bild newspaper, will announce in the next few hours the expulsion of the Moscow entity from the tournament.
But not only Spartak Moscow, UEFA, according to the AFP agency, would have decided to suspend Russia from all its competitions, so that its women’s team would also be excluded from the European Championship to be played in July in Great Britain, in which the Russians are framed in the same group as the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
«El Leipzig is currently in intensive talks with UEFA on how to proceed in the Europa League round of 16 against Spartak Moscow and assumes that the association will make a decision in the near future,” the German team announced this weekend through of their social networks. Everything indicates, according to Bild, that this decision will be the expulsion, in the next few hours, of the Russian team from the Europa League.
El Leipzig, executioner of the Royal Society in the previous round, and Spartak Moscow had to meet in Germany on March 10 and in neutral territory a week later, but everything indicates that the tie will not be played and it will be the German team that will directly access the quarterfinals end.
If executed finally, this will be the pfirst expulsion of a Russian team in a European competition in any sporting modality. Spartak Moscow is the only soccer team in that country that is still alive in a continental competition, although Russia does have other clubs in other sports such as basketball. UEFA’s decision to expel the Muscovites could prompt a similar decision in the Euroleaguein which three Russian clubs participate: CSKA Moscow, Zenit and Unics Kazan.
“I cannot imagine that there can be games against Russia, it is not possible,” Peter Peters, FIFA council member and DFB presidential candidate, told SID, calling on FIFA to take the same action. .