Russia out of Women’s Euros in England — UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed that Russia will not participate in this summer’s Women’s European Championships in England.

FIFA and UEFA announced this week in a joint statement Russia had been suspended from competing in international games until further notice due to their invasion of Ukraine.

The same measure applies to Russian clubs in European competitions.

Russia had been drawn in Group C of the tournament, alongside Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.

They will be replaced, but Ceferin did not confirm which team would replace them, instead saying they will “probably have a draw”.

Russia beat Portugal in a play-off to qualify, while Scotland are the highest-ranked European side not to feature at the finals.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Ceferin said: “The decision is that all the Russian teams, youth, male and female, are out of the competition. That is the decision now. “

Asked who would replace Russia, he added: “The other one is the thing we are discussing. We will probably have a draw between the teams who nearly qualified. But that has not been decided.”

The tournament begins on July 6, when England play Austria at Old Trafford.

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