Legal Justification for FIFA and UEFA’s Ban on Russian National Football and Club Teams

Author: Shubham Jain
Published: 14.04.2022
Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has invited global censure. States have resorted to sanctions against Russian institutions and individuals. Response by non-state actors includes MNCs suspending their operations, boycotts, condemnations, cancellation of cultural events and banning of Russian athletes and teams from participating in international sports. On 28 February 2022, FIFA and UEFA, the global and European governing bodies of football, issued a joint statement. They decided that “Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation…until further notice.” This decision impacts the men’s team chances of qualifying for the World Cup 2022, the women’s…