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Fifa halts matches in Russia as sports world steps up sanctions

Italian Serie A match between Lazio and Napoli at Stadio Olimpico on February 27, 2022 in Rome. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Football's world governing body Fifa has halted all international matches in Russia and barred the Russian team from competing under its own name and flag, in response to the war in Ukraine.

Fifa's moves are among a wave of sanctions imposed on Russian sport in response to the crisis. These continued over the weekend, with European football's governing body Uefa reported to be in the process of terminating a major sponsorship agreement with Russian state-owned energy firm Gazprom. Russian businessman Roman Abramovich relinquished his control of English Premier League club Chelsea, and the international ski federation (FIS) halted World Cup events in Russia.

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