EHF president Michael Wiederer talked for Eurohandball.com about impact which war in Ukraine had on European club’s competition in season 2021/2022:
- The impact has arguably been smaller in the men’s competitions than in the women’s events. On the men’s side, chances for these clubs to qualify had already been small, whereas in the EHF Champions League Women, with CSKA and Rostov-Don, two relevant teams went out of competition. Furthermore, the transfers of top players from these clubs have strengthened other teams across Europe. It is important to underline though that all these transfers were managed within the existing regulations and no release was fostered by the EHF. Furthermore, independent of the political situation, it is always regrettable when clubs, which have qualified for a competition stage, cannot take their chance – said leader of European handball and commented about registration for season 2022/2023:
- We have a status quo and the EHF will further handle this question as part of the upcoming registration process.