A German minister has written to UEFA to demand two countries are excluded from the upcoming European Championship 2024 qualifiers.
UEFA and FIFA issued a joint statement to confirm both Russia and Belarus would be banned from competitions "until further notice" after the invasion of Ukraine. UEFA later confirmed in May that Russian clubs would also be thrown out of its continental competitions for the 2022/23 season, with Russia also being left out of the Women's Euros over the summer.
Despite the clear stance from both organisations, nothing was mentioned about the Euros set to be held in Germany in two years' time. The lack of clarity has led Federal Minister of the Interior and Community of Germany Nancy Faeser to write directly to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
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The letter called the president to exclude both nations from the upcoming qualifying draw that is set to take place on October 9. UEFA didn't comment on the issue but has confirmed that the organisation has received the letter.
As reported by German publication Der Spiegal, the letter reportedly said: "Not only Russia, which is waging a war of aggression in violation of international law, but also Belarus as an essential supporter of the Russian leadership should be excluded from all international football matches and tournaments."
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Faeser also added UEFA should include "the suspension of Russian and Belarusian officials from the influential bodies of international sports federations", as football must "live up to its responsible role and show a united stance against this form of disregard for human rights".
"All those responsible must be deprived of any possibility of sporting participation, influence or other representation."
The letter has come after requests from the president of the Ukrainian Association of Football Andriy Pavelko to exclude the two countries.
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