Spartak Moscow are THROWN OUT of the Europa League, after being given the boot by UEFA


Spartak Moscow are THROWN OUT of the Europa League, with Russia’s last team left in the competition being given the boot by UEFA – with RB Leipzig set to be handed a bye to the quarter-finals

  • Russian side Spartak Moscow are set to be thrown out of the Europa League
  • UEFA will give Moscow the boot due for Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine
  • RB Leipzig will be handed a bye into the quarter-finals due to the situation











Russian side Spartak Moscow have been kicked out of the Europa League due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Their opponents RB Leipzig will get an automatic bye to the quarter-finals, claim German media outlet Bild.  

European football’s governing body UEFA had already banned Moscow from playing their home leg due to the current circumstances, but have since decided to take further measures and kick them out of the competition.

And the official announcement from FIFA and UEFA came on Monday night.

Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff said: ‘We continue to be in close contact with the associations and have complete confidence in UEFA and their decision.

‘We assume that the games will be cancelled.’

The first leg was scheduled for March 10, with the return tie originally meant to be played seven days later on March 17. 

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Spartak Moscow have been kicked out of the Europa League by UEFA due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

RB Leipzig are expected to get a bye into the quarter-finals as they were due to face Spartak

RB Leipzig are expected to get a bye into the quarter-finals as they were due to face Spartak

UEFA STATEMENT IN FULL

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. 

These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters. 

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. 

Spartak Moscow were a seeded club in the last-16 draw after winning their group, meaning the second-leg against Leipzig was scheduled to be in the Russian capital. 

Leipzig had previously announced: ‘RB is currently in intensive talks with UEFA about how to proceed in the round of 16 games in the Europa League against Spartak Moscow and assumes that the association will make a decision in the near future.’

Kyiv has survived another night under Russian attack with Putin’s ‘demoralised and exhausted’ troops suffering ‘heavy losses’ trying and failing to break through defences in the city’s outskirts, Ukraine’s commander has said.

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Colonel General Alexander Syrsky, who is in charge of defending the city, said on Monday morning that ‘all attempts’ to breach the city failed and that the situation is currently ‘under control’. 

An armed Ukrainian guard is seen on the streets of Kyiv on Monday morning as security is stepped up amid fears of more-frequent and bloodier Russian attacks

An armed Ukrainian guard is seen on the streets of Kyiv on Monday morning as security is stepped up amid fears of more-frequent and bloodier Russian attacks

‘We showed that we can protect our home from uninvited guests,’ he added.  

Ukraine’s defence ministry put the total number of Russian casualties at 5,300, though that number could not be independently verified. 

Russia’s defence ministry has for the first time acknowledged suffering losses in the conflict, but has not said how many have died.

Attacks on Kyiv failed despite the city suffering heavy bombardment, with witnesses reporting the sound of ‘carpet-bombing’. 

At 6am Monday, a curfew that had been in place since 3pm Saturday was lifted – allowing people out to buy food and breathe fresh air – but air raid sirens sounded shortly afterwards.

Smoke rises over Kyiv on Monday morning as the city awoke from a night of heavy Russian bombardment to relative calm, though there are fears that Moscow's troops could quickly step up their attacks

Smoke rises over Kyiv on Monday morning as the city awoke from a night of heavy Russian bombardment to relative calm, though there are fears that Moscow’s troops could quickly step up their attacks

A Ukrainian military vehicle is seen after the curfew was lifted in Kyiv amid Russia's invasion

A Ukrainian military vehicle is seen after the curfew was lifted in Kyiv amid Russia’s invasion

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In the early hours, Russia invited all Ukrainian citizens to leave the city via a ‘safe’ highway – sparking fears that the bombardment could be about to dramatically step up. 

Moscow employed the same strategy in Syria while fighting alongside Assad’s forces, usually before shelling and bombing cities with heavy casualties.

Though Russian advanced forces have been fighting in Kyiv’s outskirts for several days, the bulk of Putin’s assault force is still located around 20 miles away having been slowed up by determined resistance fighters – with satellite images revealing a huge column of vehicles headed for the city.

The cities of Zhytomyr, Zaporizhzhia, and Chernihiv were also bombed overnight, with air raid sirens sounding in other areas. 

Fighting continued in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city located in the east near the border with Russia, which has been the site of the heaviest clashes so far.

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