“This is due to the need for additional consultations related to the possible transition of Russia to the AFC. The vote is scheduled to take place before December 31, 2022,” the RFU press service said in a statement.
What happened? Is it difficult to make such a fateful decision? Of course, it is difficult, and even in such a short time. The leaders of our football can be understood. Why shoot? Apparently, there are consultations with UEFA officials. Although Europe is in the middle of the Christmas holidays. Is there anyone there to consult?
The move may also be because the RFU should receive a kind of letter of absence from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) about no objections to the transition.
As previously reported, UEFA has yet to provide such a document to the RFU. And sports lawyer Mikhail Prokopets draws attention to the fact that the RFU and the AFC do not yet have a clear agreement.
Perhaps, there are also consultations with the leaders of football clubs, with representatives of the regions.
In the meantime, the RFU promises to put the decision to move to Asia under our Christmas tree. There are only four days left until the New Year. In which of them will a decision be made, or will it be made on December 31?
Then, under the chimes, we will find out if Alexander Blok was right, exclaiming in his famous poem “Yes, we are Scythians! Yes, we are Asian. Or are they still Europeans?