Ukraine are left without a place in the Nations League elite

Ukraine are left without a place in the Nations League elite

The national team of Ukraine, according to the decision of the UEFA Appeals Body, sanctioned it a technical score 0:3 in the match with Switzerland and left Division A of the Nations League.

In the sixth round of the Nations League, the Ukrainian national team went to Switzerland, where they were supposed to meet in the last match against the main opponents for keeping theirplace in the elite of the new tournament. However, upon arrival, the blue-yellows faced a problem due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the squad.

Throughout the Nations League, the coronavirus has been the main problem of Andriy Shevchenko, who had to cope with outbreaks inside the camps of Shakhtar Donetsk, and then Dynamo Kyiv. Thus, Ukraine played only once without major personnel losses, in the first round against Switzerland, beating the opponents 2:1.

In Lucerne, Switzerland, the authorities banned the blue-yellows from entering the pitch because of the cases of Ruslan Malinovskyi, Serhiy Kryvtsov and Junior Moraes. Upon arrival in Ukraine, the players were tested again and the result was negative. Also, the Swiss authorities did not agree to the rotation of the players, which is why the match had to be canceled.

The UEFA Appeals Body issued its verdict the other day, according to which Ukraine were awarded a technical defeat 0:3, as well as relegation from the elite division. The defense has already announced that it will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, but how much this will change the situation is unknown.

At the moment, one thing is clear: Ukraine are demoted and go to division B. The situation is extremely suspicious, since the same chief sanitary doctor of the canton of Lucerne a week earlier gave the go-ahead for the FC Lausanne team with coronavirus patients to leave for the match.

The question of the quality of tests is also relevant due to the negative result of retesting. Also, the Ukrainian national team followed all the rules for the line-up and there should be no problems. But now Andriy Shevchenko's team is unlikely to remain in the elite, since the Lausanne court, as well as the UEFA office, are geographically located in Switzerland. And this is another important factor in making a fateful decision for the blue-yellows.