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Spartak were ousted from this year’s Europa League after UEFA banned Russian clubs from their European competitions. And all Russian clubs have also been barred from taking part in next year’s Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

After being ousted from the Europa League at the last-16 stage, Spartak released a statement stating they didn’t agree with UEFA’s decision.

It read: “The recent decision taken by UEFA and FIFA although expected, is extremely upsetting. Unfortunately, the efforts that our club made in the Europa League have been nullified for reasons that are far outside the remit of sports. “Spartak has millions of fans not only in Russia, but all over the world. Our successes and failures bring people from dozens of different countries together.

“We believe that sport, even in the most difficult times, should aim to build bridges, and not burn them. We are forced to obey a decision that we do not agree with.”





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