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FIFA bans Russia 'indefinitely' from international tournaments

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar this winter.

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FIFA announced on Monday that Russia will no longer be participating in international soccer tournaments, including the 2022 World Cup playoffs, ending the country's hopes of qualifying.

FIFA made the announcement in a join statement with UEFA. "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."

FIFA had originally proposed that Russia's name not be used in tournaments, along with banning its flag and national anthem, and a prohibition on hosting international matches. This was seen as too lenient by some.

Russia was set to face off against Poland in a qualifier in Moscow. Other countries, including Czechia and Sweden both said that they would no play in any match against Russia, even at a neutral venue.

"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," the statement continued.

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar this winter.

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