Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has also taken a heavy toll on Russian sports. Vladimir Putin's country's teams have been suspended from almost every sport and framework and are missing important competitions, with participation in the 2024 Olympics also in jeopardy.
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Recently, against the backdrop of the outbreak of the Iron Sword War, Russia began attacking Israel. They not only side with the Palestinian side responsible for the outbreak of war with Hamas's barbaric terrorist attack, they also try to harm Israeli sports, claiming discrimination and inequality.
A few weeks ago it was Amir Makitov, the Russian sports minister, who sent letters to FIFA and UEFA demanding that the Israeli national team be suspended from all activity, and now it is the turn of the chairman of the Russian Football Association to go on the offensive, claiming that Israel's status should be equal to that of Russia. This means suspension from all tournaments.
"They said that football is above politics, so why does UEFA show loyalty to Israel from the first moment and to us Hap despise," said Maxim Mitropanov, "If we are suspended from UEFA competitions, Israel should not participate in any framework either." Among other things, Mitropanov was aiming for the Olympic tournament in Paris this summer.
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In practice, the Russians' pressure attempts are bearing no fruit. Their main goal is to return their teams to the European courts, to the various enterprises at the level of teams and teams. UEFA and FIFA tend to side with Israel, which will continue to look for success on the pitch.
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