UEFA Bans Russia from Women's European Championship and World Cup

    Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • On Mon., the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced that Russia is banned from all UEFA competitions, barring the country from the Women's Euro 2022 tournament and qualifying for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.

    • The ban means that Russia won't participate in the 2022-2023 season in the Champions League, Europa League, or Europa Conference League, among others.

    The Spin

    Pro-Russia narrative

    Targeting athletes is misguided and prejudicial. The only thing these sanctions do is unfairly punish athletes because of their nationality. it's hypocritical to punish Russian athletes for their government's actions, but not US athletes for their country invading Iraq for equally unjustified reasons.

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Banning athletes from competing is no easy decision, but a necessary one. The reality is that sports and politics are closely intertwined: Russia uses sports to promote its national image and build consent for its regime. Using sports to send a political message of resistance to the invasion of Ukraine is justified.

    Nerd narrative

    There is an 87% chance that Russia will be the world's most sanctioned county by Feb. 22, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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