Russia battling Britain and Ireland to host Euro 2028 despite Ukraine invasion as shock bid shames spineless FIFA and UEFA

The spineless bosses of world football were left in shame after Russia was ignominiously allowed to apply for Euro 2028.

In a move that left incredulous football club executives dumbfounded, Russia announced an urgent bid to host the tournament in either 2028 or 2032.

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The move also prompted Turkey to bid, hoping to take advantage of Russian shenanigans and a shattered field to win a stunning victory.

Wembley’s senior team are now facing a £10m bill to ensure their bid wins and hosts the tournament in the UK and Ireland.

A decision is to be made by the UEFA governing executive committee in September 2023.

But the unwillingness of FIFA or UEFA of Gianni Infantino to do the right thing and completely ban the bloody regime of Vladimir Putin after the invasion of Ukraine again hit the reputation of the whole game.

One outraged insider said: “It is simply disgusting that Russia still considers itself part of the community of civilized nations.

“It’s a shame, pure and simple.”

News of the bid came just three hours before the deadline last night, just as the FA-led bid was getting ready to put out the oatmeal.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin believes he has pulled enough strings to ensure the five countries’ bid goes unopposed.

Instead, the UK will now have to use a £10m government fund that was earmarked for the grassroots and other projects.

In a statement, UEFA confirmed that there are two opponents in the British Isles joint bid for 2028.

The European football bosses said: “Russia and Turkey have expressed their interest in hosting a UEFA national team flagship tournament in 2028 or 2032, and Italy has announced its intention to bid to host Euro 2032.”

While FIFA and UEFA excluded Russia from Thursday’s scheduled World Cup play-off semi-final against Poland, neither organization has suspended its football association.

This means that the president of the Russian Football Union, Alexander Dyukov, the chief executive of Gazprom and a prominent supporter of Putin, has retained his seat on UEFA’s ruling executive committee.

It is expected that Russia and Belarus will take part in the Congress of 211 FIFA Member Associations, which will be held next week in Doha, where football figures from all over the world, including UKRAINE, will meet.

Dyukov said his country “should seize the opportunity to host the Euro”, adding: “It will be in the stadiums of the World Cup.”

Applications for both tournaments caught Čeferin’s attention after he stated in December in response to a question from SunSport: “You can apply for one or the other, but not both.”

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UEFA was forced to admit that the rules were not changed to reflect the president’s officially declared position, meaning that Russia and Turkey were free to apply to both events.

UEFA said in a statement: “On February 28, the FIFA Council Bureau and the UEFA Executive Committee decided to suspend all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, until further notice.

“However, the suspension of the activities of the Russian Football Union was not introduced.

“The UEFA Executive Committee will remain on standby to convene further extraordinary meetings to reassess the legal and factual situation as it develops and make further decisions as necessary.”

One UEFA source suggested that Russia was acting as nothing more than a spoiler, promising “They won’t get zero votes.”

Čeferin is said to have “spit nails” on the move when the Nyon bosses went out of their way to hint that Russia WILL be banned from bidding.

And FIFA can remove Russia if it suspects government interference in football affairs.

As it stands, Russia is set to fight for the leadership of the FA over the next 18 months until the Čeferin committee makes a final decision by secret ballot.

The FA said in a statement: “We believe Euro 2028 will be one of the greatest sporting events ever held in the UK and Ireland.

“This unprecedented partnership of five associations offers something very special for European football, including the possibility of an expanded tournament, and we are committed to maximizing sustainability and traditional benefits for communities in the UK and Ireland.

“Football must do everything possible to show that our sport can be a force for good – now more than ever.

“We are unwavering in our belief in the power of football to bring people together.”

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