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Russia is banned from Euro 2024 as UEFA kicks them out of qualifying for invading Ukraine

Russia is banned from Euro 2024 as the country’s isolation from international sport continues over the war in Ukraine.

The country has been banned from UEFA and FIFA competitions since Vladimir Putin’s military began invading Ukraine in February and has now been banned from qualifying for the competition.

In July, the Arbitration Court for Sport rejected an appeal by Russia against the ban.

UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that Russia will not take part in the qualifying draw, which is due to take place in Frankfurt on October 9. Host Germany will automatically qualify for the tournament.

A UEFA statement read: “All Russian teams are currently suspended following the UEFA Executive Committee decision of February 28, 2022, which was further confirmed by the Sports Arbitration Court on July 15, 2022.

“Russia will therefore not be included in the 2022-24 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying draw.”

However, UEFA confirmed that Belarus, who were allied with Russia during their invasion of Ukraine, will be included in the qualifying draw at this point.

UEFA has banned both the Russian national team from participating in official matches and all Russian club teams from participating in this season’s Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Due to Russia’s exclusion and Germany’s automatic qualification, the 53 remaining nations will be divided into seven groups of five and three groups of six.

The 10 group winners and 10 runners-up will advance to the final, while the remaining three places will be decided in the play-offs to be played in March 2024.

The 53 participating nations will be seeded according to the 2022-2023 UEFA Nations League overall rankings and divided into seven pots.

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