Former Rangers star Paolo Vanoli has been affected by the recent decision taken by UEFA to suspend all Russian teams from European competition, as Spartak Moscow was due to take on RB Leipzig in the Europa League.
The first leg was due to take place last Thursday, but the German side have been automatically handed a place in the quarter-finals due to the decision made by UEFA in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
It’s not just football that is being affected, with Russian athletes unable to compete at the Beijing Winter Paralympics and Russia’s annual hosting of the Sochi Formula 1 Grand Prix being stripped, amongst many others.
Former Rangers star Paolo Vanoli and his Spartak Moscow side affected by UEFA ban as team suspended from Europa League
Vanoli was appointed Spartak Moscow manager midway through December, with the job being his first senior managerial role.
It has been a mixed start for the 49-year-old, winning two and losing two of his opening four matches. He has led Spartak into the quarter-finals of the Russian Cup but has lost against CSKA and Krasnodar in the league with the capital-based side sitting in the ninth position.
The aim will be to win silverware at the success-starved giants, with a paltry return of one major honour in the previous 19 years.
The Italian only featured for the Ibrox side for one season, the 2003/2004 campaign, which saw the side slip massively from our excellent treble-winning campaign the year before. With budget cuts, it was always going to be a difficult year as the side went trophyless.
There isn’t a bad word to be said about Vanoli and hopefully, he can return Spartak to the trophy-laden side they have been in the past.