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Russian teams excluded from table tennis European cup

The European table tennis federation ETTU has banned all Russian and Belarusian clubs from next season’s European Cup competitions. This was announced by the ETTU after a meeting of its executive committee.

This decision was necessary “to protect the safety of all participants and to protect the integrity of the European club competitions,” according to the association’s statement.

According to its own statements, the ETTU had previously conducted a survey among all Champions League and Europe Cup participants from the past season. A large majority of clubs are therefore not ready to play against a Russian and Belarusian team because of the attack on Ukraine. “A large number of clubs,” said ETTU, would even boycott European competitions if opponents from those two countries were allowed to take part.

Regardless of this decision, the decision on the outcome of the past Champions League season is still pending. In response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, ETTU banned all Russian and Belarusian teams from ongoing international competitions back in March. Since this also affected the two Champions League semi-finalists from Orenburg and Yekaterinburg, defending champion Borussia Düsseldorf was declared the Champions League winner after beating 1. FC Saarbrücken in the semi-finals. Both Russian clubs and the Russian FA appealed against this decision and were at least partially right. Thereafter, the ETTU in turn applied to review the judgment of its own sports court.

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