The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) today announced that they are suspending all Russian soccer clubs and national teams from playing in their competitions. FIFA is the world organization overseeing soccer (football), while the UEFA regulates soccer in Europe. This signifies a major blow to Russia's image for a hugely popular sport like soccer to eliminate them from playing as a punishment for Putin's brutal and unlawful invasion of neighboring Ukraine. FIFA and UEFA issued a joint statement, reading in part:
"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. [snip]
Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people."