Russia's bid to host Euro 2028 or 2032 in boost for UK and Ireland

Russia’s bid to host Euro 2028 or 2032 is booted out as UK and Ireland remain frontrunners for tournament… and Portugal will replace them at Women’s Euro 2022 in England

  • Russia controversially took part in the bidding to host Euro 2028 and Euro 2032
  • The proposal has now been halted, leaving the UK and Ireland set to host in 2028
  • Turkey and Italy want Euro 2032, with Russia also axed from Women’s Euro 2022 

Russia’s bid to host the European Championship in 2028 or 2032 has been booted out, removing one of the last remaining obstacles to the UK and Ireland hosting the tournament in six years’ time.

Following the invasion of Ukraine, UEFA suspended Russia and its clubs from competition and have now delivered a host of sanctions.

The bid, which left many aghast, has been deemed ineligible under rules which state those applying to host competitions ‘shall ensure that it does not act in a manner that could bring UEFA, the UEFA final or UEFA final phase, any other bidder (or any employee, officer or representative of any of the foregoing), the bidding procedure or European football into disrepute’.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson publicly slated Russia’s bid to host Euro 2028 and Euro 2032

Russia have been removed from July’s Women’s Euro finals and will be replaced by Portugal

The UK and Ireland bid to host Euro 2028 is expected to be successful, with Turkey — who are also vying with Italy for Euro 2032 — the only other nation in the running.

The Russia men’s team will not participate in the forthcoming Nations League and will be relegated from League B at the end of the group phase.

Their women’s side will be replaced for this summer’s Euros in England by Portugal, who they beat in a play-off.

Russia have also been kicked out of Women’s World Cup qualifying and the Under 21 Euros.

No Russian clubs will play in any European competitions in 2022-23. It means that the Scottish champions, most likely Celtic, will qualify directly for the Champions League group stage.

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