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FIFA Donates $1 Million to Ukraine for Humanitarian Aid

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By Martin Graham | 23rd Mar 2022

The world football governing body, FIFA has donated $1 million and medical supplies to the Ukrainian Football Association on Saturday to help with humanitarian aid.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered its third week and the country has been grounded with no economic or sporting activities taking place.

More than 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine through various borders with over two million being displaced in the country as Russia’s infection spreads.

Humanitarian organisations like the World Health Organisation report daily on attacks on Ukrainian health facilities, with the WHO specifically claiming that 43 health facilities have been attacked.

This means that there is a shortage of healthcare for the citizens still stuck in Ukraine in the midst of the war. Several Ukrainian footballers have joined the war efforts as donors or as military personnel and the UAF has joined their voices with other major Ukrainian bodies to call for donations from all across the world.

FIFA released a statement on Saturday announcing that it has donated in response to UAF’s call.

“Following a request from the UAF, an initial shipment of first-aid medical kits has already been transported by road to Ukraine to meet the most urgent needs,” the FIFA statement reads.

“In total, $1 million has been made available to the FIFA Foundation so that it can respond to the growing humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the region. This work is being carried out in collaboration with the football community.”

This move comes after FIFA amended its regulation on the status and transfer of players (RSTP) to allow Ukrainian players to find new clubs outside of the regular transfer window.

The gesture has also been extended to foreign players in Russia who want to end the association with their clubs.

Court upholds FIFA ban on Russia from football

Elsewhere, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the FIFA ban on the Russian national team and Russian football clubs from participating in any football events while the invasion of Ukraine is still on.

FIFA and UEFA banned Russian clubs and the Russian national team from World Cup qualifiers and from UEFA competitions a week after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

As a result, the World Cup qualifier fixture between the Russian national team and the Polish national team was cancelled and Poland was given express qualification to the next round in their bracket. Spartak Moscow were also kicked out of the UEFA Europa League as they were the only Russian club left in European competitions.

Russia appealed the ban, but the hearing on Friday saw their appeal fail at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This ruling follows the failure of their UEFA ban at the CAS at a hearing on Tuesday.

The end of the road is still far for the Russian Football Federation, however, as there will be another hearing on the issue in June.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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