Huge implications for Celtic and Rangers as Uefa announces more sanctions on Russia

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Uefa has announced further sanctions for Russia, with club sides banned from European competition next season, while the women’s national team cannot take place in their summer’s Euro 2022.

Uefa has announced that Russia’s bid to host the men’s Euro 2028 or Euro 2032 tournaments is now ineligible too. The latest set of sanctions come amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

In February, Russian clubs and national teams were suspended by Fifa and Uefa “until further notice”.

On Monday, Uefa announced that Portugal – who lost to Russia in the play-offs – will replace them at Euro 2022 – a tournament which kicks off in July.

The Russian men’s side is also barred from the 2022-23 Nations League.

They will automatically be ranked fourth in group two of League B, meaning they will be relegated at the end of the group phase.

The ban imposed on clubs means there will be no Russian teams in the men’s and women’s Champions League, Europa League, or Europa Conference League during the 2022-23 campaign.

Uefa’s latest sanctions also ban Russia from the 2021-23 European Under-21 Championship.

Old Firm duo to benefit from more Russian sanctions

An updated qualifying process for the Champions League has also been published, which shows massive benefits for Scottish teams.

The Premiership champions will go directly into the competition’s group stages, while the second-placed side will now go into the third round of qualifying rather than the second.

Celtic currently lead the championship by six points from Old Firm rivals Rangers. But the fact that the winners of the league will head straight in the group stages will be of huge financial benefit.

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