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STATSCORE’s Betting Industry Review. Sport reacts to Russian invasion

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a raft of sanctions imposed on Putin’s regime by different countries and international organizations. Sports federations, such as the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, or Formula 1, have also reacted to the unprovoked Russian invasion. Find out more with a special edition of STATSCORE’s Review.

  1. FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from all competitions
  2. Schalke ends Gazprom deal, Chelsea up for sale
  3. IOC recommends bans of Russian and Belarusian athletes
  4. From archery to volleyball – sports federations react to the war
  5. EA Sports removes Russian teams from its FIFA and NHL games

FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from all competitions

FIFA’s initial response to the invasion was met with harsh criticism from numerous fans, media outlets, sports organizations, clubs and players. At first, the football governing body’s idea of punishment was to let the Russian team compete as the “Football Union of Russia.” 

However, following the Polish federation’s announcement that it would not play a World Cup play-off match against Russia, a number of other national teams have decided to boycott the Russian team.

Under this level of pressure, FIFA has eventually announced that it was indefinitely suspending Russian teams. This means Russia will not be participating in the World Cup in Qatar. Read more

UEFA’s first reaction was to move this season’s Champions League final away from Saint Petersburg to Paris. The Russian city was scheduled to host the final on 28 May. Read more

UEFA then confirmed that the Russian national team and Russian clubs have been kicked out of all competitions.

In a joint statement, FIFA and UEFA said: “Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, 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”.

Spartak Moscow has been removed from the Europa League, and the Russian women’s team will not play in the European Championships that will be held in England in July. Read more

Moreover, UEFA has decided to cancel its sponsorship deal with Gazprom – the Russian energy company – which is worth €40 million annually to the organisation. Read more

Schalke ends Gazprom deal, Chelsea up for sale

The attack on Ukraine has also brought a response from a number of specific clubs, owners, fans, and managers.

German football club FC Schalke 04 has removed Gazprom as shirt sponsor. Read more

Roman Abramovich has decided to sell Chelsea FC and donate all proceeds to victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, amid political pressure from the UK government to sanction Russian billionaires. Read more

Manchester United have ended their sponsorship agreement with Russia’s national airline Aeroflot. Read more

Everton has cut ties with its Russian sponsors, including USM which is owned by oligarch Alisher Usmanov. Read more

IOC recommends bans of Russian and Belarusian athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has strongly condemned “the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government,” adding that the “respective UN resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2021, by consensus of all 193 UN Member States. The Olympic Truce began seven days before the start of the Olympic Games, on 4 February 2022, and ends seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games.” Read more

Russian and Belarusian athletes were barred from the Winter Paralympics in Beijing. Read more

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From archery to volleyball – sports federations react to the war

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) banned Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from all of the competitions until further notice.

The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix has been cancelled as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. Read more

Euroleague Basketball suspended Russian teams CSKA Moscow, UNICS Kazan, Zenit St Petersburg and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar from taking part in its championships. Read more

World Rugby suspended Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice. Read more

World Archery said no athlete, team official or technical official from Russia or Belarus would be permitted to participate in any international archery event until further notice. Read more

FIVB has decided that Russian and Belarusian teams, clubs, officials and athletes were not eligible to participate in international and continental events until further notice. Read more

EA Sports removes Russian teams from its FIFA and NHL games

EA is removing the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from FIFA 22, FIFA mobile and FIFA online, as well as NHL 22.

“EA Sports stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and like so many other voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine,”  a company’s statement reads. Read more

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