Sanctions for Russian sports due to a special operation in Ukraine: Russian team, 2022 World Cup, suspensions, bans, removal of legionnaires

Sanctions for Russian sports due to a special operation in Ukraine: Russian team, 2022 World Cup, suspensions, bans, removal of legionnaires

With the start of the special operation in Ukraine, Russian sports found themselves in global isolation: suspensions, denials, bans and an uncertain future have been the main topics for fans for the past two months. What have we lost during this time?

Minus the Champions League final

On 25 February, UEFA announced that there would be no Champions League final in St Petersburg – Stade de France in Paris was chosen as the new venue. The organizing committee is now awaiting compensation from UEFA.

Stadium in St. Petersburg

Stadium in St. Petersburg

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”

Minus international matches

First, FIFA allowed the Russian team to play matches on a neutral field without spectators, as well as without a flag and anthem. But the next day, UEFA and FIFA decided to remove both clubs and national teams from all international competitions. Thus Spartak left the Europa League without playing with RB Leipzig, and the Russian team lost the right to compete to enter the 2022 World Cup. RFU filed an appeal in the CAS against the decision to remove Russian clubs and teams, but so now the meeting is only scheduled.

The good news during this time was still: FIFA did not suspend Russia’s membership.

Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”

Due to the ban on international competitions, not only clubs and teams have suffered, but also our referees. Sergei Karasev stopped receiving appointments for European competition matches, which is why he is very likely to miss the 2022 World Cup and Anastasia Pustovoitova was suspended from work at Euro 2022 for Women.

Minus the legionaries

An additional transfer window opened for the legionnaires in Russia: until April 7, foreigners can suspend existing contracts with clubs and sign temporary agreements until the end of this season with other teams.

ANDREY VORONIN

ANDREY VORONIN

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”

Many benefited from this right – only CSKA, Sochi and Krylya Sovetov fully retained their list. The largest outflow of foreigners occurred from Krasnodar, Rubin and Rostov. Below is the full list of those who left.



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The “transfer” window for foreign players is closed. A complete list of those who left and remained in Russia

Pagim minus

FIFA has suspended payments to RFU for hosting the 2018 World Cup. Of the total amount of $ 100 million, only 30% has been paid. At the same time, payments are not canceled, but suspended – that is, one day they will still be received.

Under the FIFA Legacy program, the funds go to targeted funding for youth football programs, in our case, they are received from the Youth Football League.



Russia's youth national team matches are canceled.  What will happen to our Euro 2023 qualification?
Russia’s youth national team matches are canceled. What will happen to our Euro 2023 qualification?

Plus sanctions

Dynamo changed its owner: VTB Bank, which owned 99.9961% of the club’s shares, fell under restrictions, so to avoid sanctions, ownership was transferred to the All-Russian Society of Physical Culture and Sports of the same name.

VEB RF, the owner of CSKA, fell under similar sanctions. Only now the club did not find a new owner, that is why all the restrictions were extended to him. And that means US, EU, UK and Japan markets, as well as financial transactions in their own currencies, are closed to CSKA. Now the club is actively working to find a solution to the current situation.



How will the sanctions affect Spartak, Zenit and other RPL clubs?  Analysis of new constraints
How will the sanctions affect Spartak, Zenit and other RPL clubs? Analysis of new constraints

Plus a new border and talk about a new format

At the end of March, RFU approved a new limit, which will take effect from next season: there may be 13 foreign players on the application, while at the same time no more than eight on the field. At the same time, a prerequisite for RPL clubs was the inclusion of at least 12 local players in the list of applications for the season.

Given the new realities – the departure of the legionnaires, the uncertainty with international competitions – RPL clubs began to discuss a new format: increasing the number of participants in the league to 18. This meant a moratorium on relegation this season and, accordingly with circumstances, removal of nodes in FNL. RFS did not approve of this idea.



How to make the Russian championship interesting without the European Cups?  Our league needs play-offs!
How to make the Russian championship interesting without the European Cups? Our league needs play-offs!

There was also talk of leaving UEFA in favor of the Asian Federation, but everything remained at the level of rumors.

Alexander Dyukov

Alexander Dyukov

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”

What happened next

Minus the competition: All international events scheduled for this year have been postponed by Russia. And this:

  • the Formula 1 Grand Prix stage in Sochi (the contract has been terminated, there will be no more stage in Russia);
  • world volleyball championship (transferred to Slovenia and Poland);
  • Youth Hockey World Cup in Omsk and Novosibirsk;
  • European Curling Championship in Perm;
  • European Championship in lead and dumbbell shooting (transferred to Poland);
  • all stages of the World Cup under the auspices of the FIS, and these are skiing in Tyumen, ski jumping in Nizhny Tagil and Tchaikovsky, acrobatics in Yaroslavl and Moscow, freestyle in the Chelyabinsk region;
  • World Chess Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Suspension of athletes. Hockey, skiing, figure skating, skating, athletics, basketball, badminton, rugby – it’s hard to find a sport in which we were still allowed to compete in international competitions. Sergei Karyakin received a personal ban on participating in competitions under the auspices of FIDE.

At the same time, some refused to participate in the competition themselves – due to the conditions in which the athletes were placed. So the riders from Russia were allowed to take part in the races, but after signing a certain document on neutrality, and the biathletes were offered to take part in a neutral status in the World Cup.



If you want to compete, you risk a criminal.  Why the pilots from Russia did not go massively to the start
If you want to compete, you risk a criminal. Why the pilots from Russia did not go massively to the start

Russian athletes continued to compete in chess tournaments, the UFC, as well as in individual tennis tournaments (but the team was suspended from the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup). The bans, however, reached individual athletes on the field: Wimbledon announced it would not allow players from Russia and Belarus to compete.



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Suspension of federations. This is not the same as not letting athletes compete, but much more serious. Russia’s membership was lifted by the International Biathlon Union (IBU), the International Climbing Federation (IFSC), the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF).

But there is a victory: The Russian Federation Luge won an appeal to the CAS and it was reinstated – the court considered the removal based on an illegal national attribute.



It did not come to chaos.  Will Russia still penetrate international tournaments?
It did not come to chaos. Will Russia still penetrate international tournaments?

Refusal of foreigners to participate in competitions in Russia. Finnish hockey club “Joker” withdrew from the current KHL draw, Riga “Dinamo” announced its withdrawal from the league. The Estonian “Kalev” and the Polish “Zielona Gora” left the United Basketball League. The legionnaires also left hockey and basketball clubs.

The first transition. The Russian Chess Federation has decided to move to the Asian Federation.

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