Spartak Moscow issue statement after being expelled from Europa League by UEFA

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The Russian club were due to face RB Leipzig in the Europa League round of 16 after winning their group, but were dropped from the competition by UEFA.

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Spartak Moscow said they would obey UEFA’s decision to drop them from the Europa League, while stressing they disagreed with the decision.

The governing body has banned all Russian clubs and international teams from its competitions in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while the men’s national team has also been expelled from the World Cup just a month old. of the proposed qualifying match. disabled.

Spartak had won the Europa League group stage ahead of Napoli, Leicester City and Legia Warsaw, and were due to face German side RB Leipzig in the next knockout round.

However, the European football body decided to withdraw the club from the competition, with Leipzig securing a bye to the quarter-finals.

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Spartak Moscow released a statement after being expelled from the Europa League
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“UEFA and FIFA have decided to exclude from the current iteration of the Europa League. This means that our Round of 16 against RB Leipzig will not go ahead as planned,” Spartak’s statement read.

“This verdict is related to the organizations position on the recent events that took place in Ukraine.

“The recent decision by UEFA and FIFA, although expected, is extremely upsetting. Unfortunately, our club’s efforts in the Europa League have been canceled for reasons that largely lie outside the realm of sport.

“Spartak has millions of fans not only in Russia, but all over the world. Our successes and failures unite people from dozens of different countries.

“We believe that sport, even in the most difficult times, should be about building bridges, not burning them. We are forced to obey a decision with which we do not agree.

“For now, we will focus on domestic competitions and look forward to the rapid realization of the peace that everyone needs.”







Spartak had finished ahead of Leicester City in their Europa League group
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RB Leipzig have issued their own statement regarding the cancellation of the last 16 games, which were due to be played on March 10 and 17.

“For us, war in any form is unacceptable. We have always clearly underlined this attitude,” said the Bundesliga club.

“UEFA today banned all matches involving Russian clubs. While we believe that sport fundamentally unites, we understand and support this decision and hope that a peaceful solution to the conflict will soon be found.”

UEFA and FIFA previously issued a joint statement regarding Russian clubs and international teams.

“Following the first decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which provided for the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have decided today together that all Russian teams, whether they are national representative teams or club teams, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” the statement read.

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