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UEFA bans Russia from women’s Euros, World Cup

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The Russia women’s national soccer team will not participate in July’s Women’s European Championship, UEFA announced Monday.

Portugal, who Russia defeated in qualifying, will compete in Group C in Russia’s place.

In addition to the Euros, the women’s team will also be banned from qualifying for next year’s World Cup, and Russian teams will be banned from next season’s club competitions.

The move comes after UEFA announced its February decision to suspend all Russian representative teams until further notice.

Leagues and governing bodies across sports have banned Russian athletes since the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Wimbledon’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players has stirred debate among the tennis community.

UEFA said the executive committee executed the ban to “ensure their smooth staging in a safe and secure environment for all those concerned.”