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Russia appeals against FIFA and UEFA measures

Russian Football Federation said fair play rules were violated by FIFA and UEFA. Photo: (Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)

Following the decision by FIFA and UEFA to suspend the Russian National Team and the country's clubs from contests in their current competitions (Replay of Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup and Europa League), the Russian Football Federation (RFS) informed which will appeal to the highest body of Sports Justice, the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), against the sanctions received from the two football organizations.

In a statement published on Thursday, the RFS complained that even the rules of fair play were violated: "RFS believes that FIFA and UEFA, in deciding on the removal of Russian teams, had no legal basis. It violated fundamental rights. of RFS as a member of FIFA and UEFA. The decision to withdraw the team from the qualification for the 2022 World Cup was taken under pressure from direct rivals in the play-off, which violated the principle of sport and the rules of fair play".

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FIFA's decision was to exclude the Russian national team from the play-off process for this year's World Cup qualifiers, which will be held in November in Qatar. Russia would face Poland in one of the semi-finals and, if they advanced, they would compete against either the Swedish national team or the Czech national team.

Spartak Moscow, the only Russian club that was still alive in European competitions, was excluded from the Europa League by UEFA's decision. As the club from the Russian capital would face Red Bull Leipzig for the round of 16 of the competition, the team from Germany advances directly to the quarter-finals without the need for the confrontation.

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Uefa donates  €100,000 to children in Ukraine

​UEFA donated €100,000 to help children affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to European football's governing body, the donation will be used to finance programs by national federations and philanthropic entities focused on children's rights and well-being. The objective is also to benefit children who have taken refuge in neighboring countries.

Mediated through the Uefa Foundation for Children (a foundation linked to Uefa), the investment schedule provides for immediate action through an extra emergency fund of €100,000 for the assistance of Ukrainian refugee children. According to the entity, the Moldovan Football Association works together with local humanitarian organizations in assisting children in need, including medicines and hospital supplies.

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The president of the UEFA Foundation for Children, Aleksander Ceferin said that it is the duty of the organization to defend children in situations of vulnerability: "Children are very vulnerable during conflicts and it is our duty to help defend their fundamental rights and their health - declared Ceferin


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About 100,000 temporary accommodations are being offered by the American platform Airbnb, for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion. The announcement was made this Monday (28) and will offer free short-term accommodation for these people. The information is from G1.

Accommodation must be financed by the company, by donors to the Airbnb refugee fund, and by hosts.

In addition to temporary accommodation, the organization also states that it "will work closely with governments to better support the country's specific needs, including through long-term stays".

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Champions League final changes venue due to war between Russia and Ukraine

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The great decision of the Champions League will have new headquarters. The armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine has prompted UEFA to take the decision to relocate the final, initially scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Thus, now the match in which the champion of the main continental competition in the world will be decided will be played in France, at the Stade de France. The match will be played as scheduled on Saturday, May 28 at 9pm local time.

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It's not the first time the location has changed. Lisbon and Porto would host the last two editions, but on both occasions Istanbul was the chosen venue. The coronavirus pandemic prevented the decisive game from being held in the Turkish city, which will host the 2023 final.

"UEFA would like to express its thanks and appreciation to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, for his personal support and commitment to bringing the most prestigious game in European club football to France at a time of unprecedented crisis. UEFA will support fully the efforts of various stakeholders to ensure the rescue of football players and their families in Ukraine who are facing horrific human suffering, destruction and displacement," the UEFA statement reads.

The UEFA Executive Committee has also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs, in addition to the national teams of these countries, which compete in UEFA competitions, must play their games as home teams in neutral stadiums.

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Uefa moves Champions League final from St Petersburg to Paris

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(Reuters) - UEFA moved this season's Champions League final from St Petersburg to Paris following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, European football's governing body said in a statement on Friday.

UEFA also said that home games of Ukrainian and Russian clubs and teams competing in UEFA competitions would be played at neutral venues "until further notice".

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The governing body thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his "personal support and commitment" in taking over the venue for the tournament's final.

It added that it would "fully support multi-stakeholder efforts to secure the rescue of football players and their families in Ukraine facing terrible human suffering, destruction and displacement."

The Champions League final was scheduled for Saint Petersburg's Zenit stadium on 28 May, with thousands of fans from across the continent waiting to see the game that is the biggest showcase for European club football.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call: "It is a pity that such a decision was taken. St. Petersburg could have provided all the favorable conditions for this football festival to take place."

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, responsible for sport, supported UEFA's decision.

"I welcome Uefa's decisive action to withdraw this year's Champions League final from St Petersburg," she said.

"Russia must not be allowed to exploit sporting and cultural events on the world stage to legitimize its unprovoked, premeditated and unnecessary attack against a sovereign democratic state."

Petersburg stadium is known as the Gazprom Stadium after a sponsorship deal with the Russian state energy company, which also sponsors the Champions League and Euro 2024, two tournaments promoted by UEFA.

The final move comes after calls from a group of European lawmakers who asked UEFA on Thursday to change the venue and stop considering Russian cities for major international football competitions.

Lawmakers also called on the entity to end Gazprom's sponsorship of the continent's elite club competition. However, Uefa's statement on Friday made no mention of Gazprom.

The 2023 Champions League final will be played in Istanbul, with Wembley in London hosting the following year and Munich's Allianz Arena hosting the final in 2025.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Manchester, Dmitry Antonov in Moscow and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru)

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