Russia among four candidates to host Euro 2028 and Euro 2032

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 23 – Russia is among the candidates to host the European Championship in 2028 or 2032 despite being banned from international sport following the invasion of Ukraine, UEFA announced after Wednesday’s deadline for declaring a past interest.

Russia and Turkey will face a joint bid from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland for Euro 2028.

Russia and Turkey have also declared their interest in hosting the 2032 edition, alongside Italy.

UEFA will announce the host nations for both tournaments in September 2023.

Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup while Saint Petersburg was one of the venues for the Europe-wide delayed Euro 2020 last year.

Saint Petersburg was also due to host this season’s UEFA Champions League final in May, but was deprived of the game when Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russia have been kicked out of qualifying for this year’s World Cup after UEFA and world football’s governing body FIFA decided to ban the country from all international competitions ‘until further notice’. “.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport last week upheld the ban, which also affects Russian clubs and the women’s team, which were expelled from the July European Championship in England.

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A spokesperson for European football’s governing body stressed that the Russian Football Union (RFU) was not itself excluded.

Nevertheless, the same source indicated that UEFA would “reassess the legal and factual situation” at meetings scheduled for April and May, “including in the wake of the declaration of interest expressed by the RFU”.

Turkey will hope to succeed this time after losing to Germany in the bid to host Euro 2024.

They will compete with the UK and Ireland, who have decided to focus on a joint bid to host the Euros in 2028 instead of going to the 2030 World Cup.

Italy, reigning European champion, has already hosted the Euro twice, in 1968 and 1980.

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