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In this photo provided by the Turkish presidency, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre left speaks to Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko and Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Turkish presidency via AP).

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — A German government minister has asked UEFA to remove Belarus from trying to qualify for the 2024 European Championship, which her country is hosting, citing that country’s support for Russia.

UEFA said on Friday it received the letter to its president Aleksander Ceferin from interior minister Nancy Faeser, which was first reported by Der Spiegel magazine, and would reply to her.

The request comes three weeks before Germany host the Euro 2024 qualifying groups draw in Frankfurt which Russia already were banned from by UEFA.

UEFA and FIFA excluded all Russian teams from international football competitions in February, within days of the military invasion of Ukraine.

UEFA also acted days later against Belarus, which have supported the Russian military and political leadership. On March 3, UEFA prohibited Belarusian teams from hosting games on its territory but stopped short of a competitive ban.

Belarus were described on Friday by Russia president Vladimir Putin as an ally and partner at a conference in Uzbekistan also attended by the authoritarian Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus have never qualified for a major football tournament and won just one game in each of their qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup and Euro 2020.

In their UEFA Nations League group in June, Belarus played their home games in Novi Sad, Serbia. No fans were allowed to attend.

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