Mon 28 February 2022 | 21:25

Spartak Moscow disappointed after being removed from Europa League

The Europa League’s Russian club slams the decision that saw them off the competition.

Russia’s only team in the last 16 rounds of the

Europa League


Spartak Moscow

, has been unhappy with UEFA’s decision that removes them from the competition following their country’s attack on Russia.

Spartak was going to face

RB Leipzig

in their next European clash, but now they have been removed from the tournament, and this decision has been disappointing o them.

"UEFA and FIFA have decided to exclude from the current iteration of the Europa League. This means that our round of 16 ties against RB Leipzig will not go ahead as planned,"

Spartak, who were Russia's sole survivor in European competition prior to the ruling, explained in a statement released on the club's official website on Monday.

"This verdict is connected to the organizations' position on recent events that have taken place in Ukraine.

"The recent decision taken by UEFA and FIFA although expected, is extremely upsetting. Unfortunately, the efforts that our club made in the Europa League have been nullified for reasons that are far outside the remit of sports.

"Spartak has millions of fans not only in Russia, but all over the world. Our successes and failures bring people from dozens of different countries together. We believe that sport, even in the most difficult times, should aim to build bridges, and not burn them. We are forced to obey a decision that we do not agree with."

source: SportMob

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