German newspaper says Russian club will be expelled from Europa League, and rival takes a stand

Spartak Moscow will be expelled from the Europa League, according to the German newspaper Bild

According to the German newspaper BildUefa (Union of European Football Associations) decided this Monday (28) that it will expel the Spartak Moscowfrom Russia, from Europa League.

The decision would be taken as punishment for Russian football after the country’s military operation in Ukraine last week.

With that, the duel of the round of 16 against RB Leipzigwhich were scheduled to take place on March 10 and 17, are not to be played.

This means that the German club would win the qualification for the quarterfinals “as a gift” with the decision of Uefa.

In a statement on the Leipzig team’s official networks, the team’s director of football, Oliver Mintzlaff, did not confirm the news of the Bildbut said that the Teutonic team has the expectation that Spartak will in fact be excluded from the Europa League.

“We remain in contact with the Football Federations and we have complete confidence in the decision that UEFA will take. We expect the games to be cancelled,” he said.

Last Sunday (27), FIFA also announced punishments for the Russia national team.

The team cannot have the flag of the country in the matches, in addition to the absence of the anthem and fans in its matches as home team. The team will still play the matches on neutral ground.

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