FIFA, UEFA ban Russia from competition

STORY: In a high-profile outcry over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, international sporting bodies are moving to bar Russian athletes from global competitions ... with FIFA and UEFA on Monday together suspending Russia's national teams and clubs from world soccer "until further notice."

The move will likely exclude Russia from this year's World Cup and the Women's Euro 2020 tournament.

In a statement the Russian Football Federation said it "categorically disagreed" with the decision and added that it was contrary to the "spirit of sports."

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board recommended sports federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from competing in events.

The IOC said its executive board made the decision "in order to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all the participants."

The Russian Olympic Committee categorically disagreed with the IOC, saying the decision "contradicts both the regulatory documents of the IOC and the (Olympic) Charter."