UEFA is reportedly planning to expel Spartak Moscow from this season’s Europa League in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian side is in the last 16 of UEFA’s second-tier club competition, where they were recently drawn to face German club RB Leipzig.

If it happens, Leipzig will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition, scheduled to be played on April 7 and 14.

A decision will be made official later today, according to reports.

This comes on a day FIFA ordered Russia not to compete under their flag as part of their response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Fifa would like to reiterate its condemnation of the use of force by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine,” world football’s governing body said in a statement on Sunday.

“Violence is never a solution and Fifa expresses its deepest solidarity to all people affected by what is happening in Ukraine.

“Fifa will continue its ongoing dialogue with the International Olympic Committee, Uefa and other sport organisations to determine any additional measures or sanctions, including a potential exclusion from competitions, that shall be applied in the near future should the situation not be improving rapidly.

“Fifa’s thoughts remain with everybody affected by this shocking and worrying situation.”

Russia was set to play Poland in a World Cup qualifier match on March 24.


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