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UEFA announces that no UEFA competition matches shall be played in the region of Transnistria until further notice

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Decision taken due to the current security situation in the region

UEFA headquarters, the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland
UEFA headquarters, the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland UEFA via Getty Images

In accordance with previous decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee in light of the large-scale military escalation resulting in the invasion of the Ukrainian territory by the Russian army, the UEFA Executive Committee has today decided that no UEFA competition match shall be played in the region of Transnistria, in Moldova, until further notice.

The decision is based on considerations and the conclusions consistently drawn by agencies specialised in international political and strategic analysis, whose reports have been consulted by the UEFA administration, following the evaluation of the current situation in the region of Transnistria.

As the competent body for drawing up regulations governing the staging of UEFA competitions (according to Article 50(1) of the UEFA Statutes), the UEFA Executive Committee has overall responsibility for the smooth running of its competitions which includes the duty to temporarily prevent the staging of UEFA competition matches in certain regions when the whole range of circumstances so require.

Accordingly, FC Sheriff Tiraspol, who will start playing in the upcoming first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League (2022/23 season), have been invited to propose an alternative venue/stadium (which must comply with all applicable UEFA regulations) outside the region of Transnistria for its home matches in UEFA club competitions for as long as the prohibition to play in the region remains in force.

The UEFA Executive Committee will remain on standby to convene further meetings, on a regular ongoing basis where required, to reassess the legal and factual situation as it evolves and adopt further decisions as necessary.