UEFA bans Belarus from hosting matches; competition ban looms

UEFA on Thursday banned all Belarusian teams from hosting international matches, although they could still be expelled from European competitions for joining Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Belarus are still at risk of being banned from international competitions – as Russia were banned by UEFA and FIFA on Monday – ahead of their next home match scheduled for April 7.

Iceland were due to travel to Borisov for a group stage match in 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifying.

“UEFA’s executive committee will convene further extraordinary meetings, on a regular basis if necessary, to reassess the legal and factual situation as it evolves,” the European football body said.

Belarus are already knocked out of men’s World Cup qualifying, and they weren’t due to take part in the European qualifiers on March 24.

Russia was due to host Poland on that date, and the national federation is preparing to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the FIFA and UEFA ban.

The next senior competitive matches for the Belarus men’s team will be in June in a UEFA Nations League group with Slovakia, Azerbaijan plus Kazakhstan or Moldova.

When Belarusian teams play home matches in neutral countries, no fans will be allowed to attend, UEFA said on Thursday.

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