There has been shocking news regarding football major tournaments recently. They are related to FIFA and UEFA.
Firstly, FIFA World Cup 2022 will be losing one of their strong team in the final round without it even start the qualifiers yet. Russia, the host in 2018 edition, will be ruled out of any sporting events from the December 2019 due to the final decison by CAS (Court of Arbritation for Sport) on giving 2-year ban, reduced from the initial 4 years, for failing to provide the updated and reliable drug-test of their athletes upon the request of WADA (World Anti-Doping Association). This decision does impact the future of Russian football since the World Cup qualifiers starts soon in March next year. According to the ruling, the name of ‘Russia’ as well as its flag, anthem or any other emblem shall be forbidden in Olympic Games 2020, Winter Olympics 2022 and World Cup Qatar 2022, although their proven drug free athletes can play under a neutral flag in those championships. Such may seem very likely for the individual sports in Olympic but impossible for the team sports. Luckily, they could still play and host in EURO 2020 next year plus UEFA Champions League and Europa League as UEFA is not included as the ‘major event organisation’ based on the definitions in WADA and CAS.
Meanwhile from UEFA, the decision of awarding a 3-0 walkover win to Switzerland over Ukraine for the match cancellation in UEFA Nations League last month led by Andrey Shevchenko’s men’s immediate quarantine in Lucerne on their arrival since some of their players tested positive covid-19 forced Ukraine Football Federation to file their objection and appealed to CAS. They disagree with UEFA’s side on making them ‘responsible’ for such case because Andrey Yarmolenko and Co tested negative coronavirus when they came back home from Switzerland. What’s worse, Ukraine is relegated to League B by this WO defeat according to the head-to-head rule as they only thumped Granit Xhaka and Co 2-1 in the reverse fixture. They are now requesting UEFA to reschedule the match or resolve it by drawing lots.
Last but not least, still from UEFA but in the junior level, the latest situation of the world pandemic has pushed the European football governing body to cancel EURO U-17 men and women, which was meant to be held in Cyprus and Faroe Island in May 2021. Yet, they still keep the senior and U-19 ones on the schedule next year.