Nation­al team coach Valery Karpin has already com­ment­ed on the scan­dalous deci­sion.

In Nyon, Switzer­land, a spe­cial cer­e­mo­ny was held at the head­quar­ters of the Union of Euro­pean Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tions (UEFA). There they chose the coun­tries that will host the next Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, and also decid­ed the fate of the Russ­ian teams.

Where will the next European Championships be held?

It became known that in 2028 the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship will be held in Great Britain and Ire­land, in 2032 — Italy and Turkey.

In the UK, match­es will take place at sta­di­ums in Belfast, Birm­ing­ham, Cardiff, Dublin, Glas­gow, Lon­don, Liv­er­pool, New­cas­tle and Man­ches­ter. The British are con­sid­ered the founders of foot­ball, so many were hap­py with UEFA’s choice.

By 2032, Türkiye and Italy will choose 20 sta­di­ums to host match­es. This is an unusu­al choice, because for the first time in a long time the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship will be held in a Mus­lim coun­try. The domes­tic cham­pi­onship there is high­ly devel­oped, and the fan move­ment is one of the cra­zi­est in the foot­ball world.

As for Euro 2024, its venue was already known. The tour­na­ment will take place from June 14 to July 14 in Ger­many. In total, 24 teams will play in the group stage — the Russ­ian team will not be among them, because in the fall of 2022 it was exclud­ed from the draw.

Will Russian teams return to competitions?

Recent­ly, Russ­ian ath­letes are increas­ing­ly allowed to par­tic­i­pate in inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions, albeit with strict restric­tions. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the UEFA Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee reversed its deci­sion to admit Russ­ian youth teams to inter­na­tion­al tour­na­ments under the aus­pices of FIFA and UEFA.

“I didn’t expect that young men would be allowed. But now I didn’t expect it to be can­celled. An even big­ger sur­prise,” said Valery Karpin, head coach of Ros­tov and the Russ­ian nation­al team.

Let us recall that in Sep­tem­ber the orga­ni­za­tion allowed the Russ­ian youth team under 17 to com­pete in inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions in a neu­tral sta­tus. Then the argu­ment sound­ed log­i­cal: “Chil­dren should not suf­fer because of the actions that adults com­mit.”

UEFA jus­ti­fied the rever­sal of the deci­sion by say­ing that “it was not pos­si­ble to find a tech­ni­cal solu­tion that would allow Russ­ian teams to playb”. Prob­a­bly the rea­son is the boy­cott orga­nized by the fed­er­a­tions of many coun­tries.

It was report­ed that the Ukrain­ian Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion sent let­ters to each of the 55 Euro­pean fed­er­a­tions ask­ing them to boy­cott match­es against Russ­ian youth teams.

After this, a boy­cott of match­es was announced Eng­land, Swe­den, Nor­way, Den­mark, North­ern Ire­land, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine. Coun­tries refused to play with Rus­sians in inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions, which appar­ent­ly influ­enced the revo­ca­tion of UEFA’s deci­sion.​​​​​​​

UEFA Vice-Pres­i­dent Karl-Erik Nils­son, who sup­port­ed the return of Russ­ian juniors to UEFA tour­na­ments, resigned as head of the Swedish Nation­al Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion on Octo­ber 6, which may also be relat­ed to the scan­dal.