UEFA boss on RFU transition to Asia: This will take Russian football back 100 years ago
Aleksander Ceferin believes that if the RFU moves to the Asian Football Confederation, Russian football will go back 100 years.
Aleksander Ceferin (Photo: Laurie Dieffembacq/ZUMAPRESS/Global Look Press)
The president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Čeferin, in an interview with the Slovenian agency STA, commented on the initiative of the transition from the Russian Football Union (RFU) to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). ).
“This idea comes from some politician, and not from the RFU, as this would mean a setback for Russian football 100 years ago,” COPE quoted him as saying.
The International Football Federation (FIFA) and UEFA suspended the Russian national team and Russian clubs from international competition at the end of February. Because of this, the Russian team was excluded from the number of participants in the play-offs for reaching the World Cup, and Spartak Moscow was expelled from the Europa League, where it was supposed to play the round of 16 against RB Leipzig. . The RFU has challenged the decision of FIFA and UEFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the case is pending. At the same time, the CAS rejected requests from the RFU to lift the suspension of Russian teams during court hearings and to postpone the play-offs to enter the World Cup.
The RFU called the talk about the transition to Asian Confederation fantasies.
In late March, Nobel journalist Arustamyan suggested on his Telegram channel that, in the event of disqualification, the RFU would move from UEFA to the Asian Confederation, but RFU Deputy General Secretary Maxim Mitrofanov called such talks “ fantasies”. For his part, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Stanislav Pozdnyakov, said that he supports the entry of Russian sports federations into Asian organizations, as long as this helps them avoid problems associated with political bias and Russophobia.
On May 2, the UEFA Executive Committee suspended Russia from participation in all international tournaments in the 2022/23 season, and also rejected the application to host Euro 2028 and Euro 2032. So, for example, the national team The country’s men’s team will not be able to play in the Nations League, the women’s team will not go to the European Championship in England, and the Russian clubs will not play in the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League. .
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