In a letter to UEFA President Alexander Chaferin, Nancy Feather said that the national teams of Russia and Belarus should be excluded from all international football tournaments.
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The Minister of the Interior of Germany, Nancy Feser, sent a letter to the President of UEFA, Alexander Chaferin, with the demand to exclude the national teams of Russia and Belarus from participating in the 2024 European Championship. This is reported by Der Spiegel.
“Russia, which violates international law, as well as Belarus, as a key supporter of the Russian leadership, should be excluded from all international football tournaments. Football must live up to its responsible role and demonstrate a united stance against human rights violations. All those responsible should be deprived of any opportunity to play sports, influence or represent themselves in any other way,” the letter reads.
Ukraine demanded to exclude Russia from the Euro 2024 selection draw
It is noted that Feser already presented her position to Chaferin at a meeting in early August. And this letter was sent on the eve of the draw for the Euro 2024 qualifying tournament, which will take place on October 9 in Frankfurt. UEFA has not yet announced any decisions on the participation of Russia and Belarus in the draw.
On September 11, the head coach of the Russian national team, Valery Karpin, told “RBK Sport” that he still has no idea whether the team will be able to qualify for Euro-2024. “Personally, I have no idea. There is no idea what will happen with UEFA’s decision to admit the Russian national team,” the coach said.
In February, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian clubs and national teams from international competitions for an indefinite period. At the beginning of May, the UEFA executive committee decided that sanctions against Russian football will be in effect at least until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The Euro 2024 qualifying tournament will be held from March 23, 2023 to March 26, 2024. Germany will host the final tournament from June 14 to July 14.