Russia is kicked out by the world football's governing body FIFA one month before the final qualification matches. FIFA has expelled Russia from the World Cup 2022 playoffs due to Russia's military operations in Ukraine.
Monday, in a joint statement with the European Football's governing body, UEFA, FIFA said: “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.”
Poland was going to face Russia in Moscow in the playoff semifinal but the team refused to play with Russia even in a neutral venue. Not only Poland but also Sweden and the Czech Republic had said the same. Because of the Russian President's military assault on Ukraine, several teams refused to play the game again the Russian football team and eventually, the decision has been taken by the two most powerful football governing bodies to expel Russia from the World cup 2022.
According to FIFA and UEFA, " 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.”
It's not only about football but the Olympics authority is likely to follow the same path. Earlier Monday, the authority has recommended that all Russian and Belarusian athletes should be expelled from sports competitions.