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Russia expelled from World Cup as FIFA and UEFA hand down bans

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Russia has been expelled from the World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions “until further notice”, FIFA and UEFA announced in a joint statement on Monday, while European football’s governing body also ended its partnership with Russian energy giant Gazprom.

The men’s team had been due to play in qualifying play-offs in March for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, while its women’s side had qualified for the European Championship in England, to be held in July.

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The announcement also affects Russian clubs involved in European competitions.

“FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” read the joint statement from the governing bodies of world and European football.

The Russian men’s team were scheduled to play Poland in a World Cup qualifying play-off semi-final on March 24, and might have faced Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 for a place at the finals in Qatar later this year.

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But their three potential opponents insisted they would boycott the matches.

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FIFA announced on Sunday that Russian teams would be allowed to continue playing under the name of the Football Union of Russia, playing home games on neutral territory and behind closed doors, and with the Russian flag and anthem banned.

But those measures were dismissed as “totally unacceptable” by Polish FA president Cezary Kulesza, who added that Poland would not play their World Cup play-off with Russia, “no matter what the name of the team is.”

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FIFA changed its approach on Monday, kicking Russia out of the sport’s showpiece tournament.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” the statement added.

“Both presidents (Gianni Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin) hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”

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The Russian Football Union denounced the suspension, saying the move was “discriminatory”.

“It has an obvious discriminatory character and harms a huge number of athletes, coaches, employees of clubs and national teams, and most importantly, millions of Russian and foreign fans, whose interests international sports organisations must protect in the first place,” it said in a statement.

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The decisions come after a widespread outcry, with global players’ union FIFPro on Monday releasing a statement saying it “strongly disagreed” with the initial measures taken by FIFA.

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FIFPro criticised FIFA for not imposing stronger sanctions right away and said that participation of Russian teams in international competitions was now “not a possibility”.

With other nations also coming out to say they would not play against Russia, FIFA and UEFA were left with little choice.

FIFA had to act quickly before the upcoming World Cup play-offs and with the draw for the tournament due to be held in Doha on April 1.

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Russia were supposed to play the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland in their group at the women’s Euro in England in July.

“This is a powerful message from the international sporting community that we will not tolerate Putin’s abhorrent assaults on freedom and liberty. Well done FIFA and UEFA,” tweeted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Meanwhile Spartak Moscow were scheduled to play RB Leipzig of Germany in the last 16 of the Europa League.

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They were the only remaining Russian team in European competition this season.

“Even though we are of the opinion that sport fundamentally unites, we understand and support this decision,” said Leipzig.

UEFA said it had ended its partnership with Gazprom, one of its main sponsors, “effective immediately”.

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Gazprom has been a key sponsor of UEFA since 2012 and was believed to have been paying around 40 million euros ($45 million) a year in a deal due to run until 2024.

Russian football federation president Alexander Dyukov, boss of Gazprom Neft, the petrol branch of Gazprom, is a member of the UEFA’s executive committee.

German club Schalke 04 also announced Monday it had prematurely ended its shirt sponsorship deal with Gazprom.

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UEFA last week stripped the Russian city of Saint Petersburg of this season’s Champions League final, moving the game on May 28 to Paris.

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive

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Samuel Osei Kuffour has revealed how he used to sell hard drugs while also working as a shoeshine boy in his early days.

Kuffour opened up on how he used to indulge in various vices in order to survive as a young boy growing up before his breakthrough in football. The 45-year-old took a journey down memory lane recounting how he peddled drugs as well as engaged in petty business prior to his rise as a football colossus.

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, Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive, Frederick Nuetei

“I was a bad boy, I was a shoeshine boy, I was a weed seller, I was doing a lot of horrible things as a young boy”, he told LifeStyle TV as quoted by Ghanaweb. 

, Former Bayern Munich Defender Samuel Osei Kuffour Opens Up on How He Sold ‘Weed’ to Survive, Frederick Nuetei

Osei Kuffour, who was a member of the Black Stars team that represented Ghana at its maiden World Cup in Germany, also disclosed how his mother had to sell the family’s television in order to purchase his football boots. “My mum stood behind me and lied to my sisters that the TV was with the repairers, but the TV was sold and I got the money to buy the boots. She saw something in me even though, at the time, football was not that big.” He said. Currently, the president of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Kuffour had a stellar career with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2001 and a long list of trophies with the Bavarians. 

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Government appoints Asamoah Gyan as tourism ambassador for Ghana

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Ex-Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has been named as tourism ambassador for the country by the government of Ghana.

The honour was conferred on Gyan by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ibrahim Awal, during the launch of the footballer’s autobiography titled ‘Legyandary’.

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The Minister urged the veteran striker to use his brand and experience to promote Ghana during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“We are conferring on you by the courtesy of the President, a tourism ambassador for this country. For the 2022 World Cup, we want you to be an ambassador,” Mr. Awal said.

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“Use your experiences to promote Ghana. Ghana is not only the most beautiful country in Africa, it’s also the most attractive. Our sports legends help make Ghana the most popular brand in Africa. Asamoah Gyan, we start with you to lead the charge and make Ghana a very successful brand.”

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He added: “The President launched the Beyond the Return project in 2019 which led to over one million people coming to Ghana. Asamoah Gyan, help us get 2 million people to come to Ghana this year as tourists.”

Gyan successfully launched his memoir titled ‘Legyandary’ on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

The event was attended by several football legends, including Stephen Appiah, Abedi Pele, Anthony Baffoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and El Hadji Diouf.

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Some astute politicians were also present, including President Nana Akufo-Addo, E.T. Mensah, Kennedy Agyapong and Mahama Ayariga.

Businessman Dr. Ernest Ofori Sarpong bought the first copy of the book for a whopping GHc100,000, with the MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong also picking the second copy for the same amount.

Freedom Jabon Cesar and GFA President Kurt Okraku also splashed GHc50,000 to acquire a copy of the book at the event.

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