UEFA set to kick Spartak Moscow out of Europa League due to Russia invasion

UEFA are set to boot Spartak Moscow out of Europa League and hand RB Leipzig automatic progression into the quarter-finals following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Russian sporting teams have been punished following the decision of Russian president Vladimir Putin to invade their neighbours – which he calls a "special military operation".

Following news that Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic would refuse to play the Russian national side irrelevant of the location – UEFA have taken action at club level.

German outlet Bild report that the administrative body for football in Europe will today (February 28) scrap both scheduled legs which were due to take place on March 10th and 17th.

That comes after RB Leipzig had announced: "RB is currently in intensive talks with Uefa about how to proceed in the round of 16 games in the Europa League against Spartak Moscow."

They added that they were assuming that the association would make a decision in the near future, with club official Oliver Mintzlaff saying that he believed the games would be scrapped.

Mintzlaff said: "We continue to be in close contact with the associations and have complete confidence in Uefa and their decision. We assume that the games will be canceled."

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Spartak had impressively topped a group that included Napoli, Leicester and Legia Warsaw to book their place in the last 16 without the need for a play-off round.

They were the last Russian side in European competition following the Real Betis win over Zenit Saint Petersburg last week, who count Putin as a supporter.

Elsewhere, The English Football Association announced that they would not be playing Russia in the near future, with Fifa being criticised for their reaction.

Fifa have said that no international competition shall be played on the territory of Russia with home matches being played on neutral territory with no spectators under the name of Football Union of Russia.

In addition, UEFA swiftly moved the UEFA Champions League Final from the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris.

They said at the time: "UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to French Republic President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to have European club football’s most prestigious game moved to France at a time of unparalleled crisis.

"Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure the provision of rescue for football players and their families in Ukraine who face dire human suffering, destruction and displacement."

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