Former Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin commented as Russian teams suffer FIFA and UEFA suspensions
Arshavin issued the prediction as Russian clubs remain banned. © Richard Juilliart / UEFA via Getty Images
Russian football is facing a period of enforced isolation from international tournaments until at least 2025, according to former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin.
Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland threw out an appeal by Russian football bosses to overturn the bans imposed by UEFA and FIFA after the onset of the military campaign in Ukraine back in February.
The CAS ruling means that Russian national and club teams remain banned for an indefinite period from all European and international competitions, including the likes of the FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League.
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Asked to comment on when he sees the sanctions being lifted, ex-Arsenal ace Arshavin suggested that wouldn’t happen anytime soon.
“I’d bet that the earliest option for the return of Russian clubs to European competitions is 2025,” the 41-year-old told RIA Novosti.
“It seems to me that we will have average results after the return. If everything is fine with finances, our top [clubs] will be able to improve.