Russia considers UEFA's readmission of youth team an "important step"

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The Russian Football Union (UFR) considered a “important step” readmission to UEFA of his youth team, although the international matches will be played outside Russian territory, without the national shirt and without the flag and anthem.

The access of the youth teams (men's and women's) is an important step for Russia's return to official international matches.

The Russian federation hopes to hold consultations “shortly” on the “concrete conditions and details” of the participation of Russian footballers in competitions under the aegis of UEFA.

“We will also continue the dialogue with UEFA about the return of our clubs and senior and youth teams to international competitions,” he added.

Russian teams and clubs were excluded from all international competitions after the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022.

The U17 European Championship will be held from May 20 to June 5, 2024 in Cyprus, although the Ukrainian Football Association He has already announced that his teams will not compete in tournaments in which Russians are admitted.

He UEFA Executive Committeewhich confirmed the suspension of the Russian national team and clubs, explained that it will propose a technical solution that allows the readmission of the Russian under-17 teams, both women's and men's, into the competitions, even though the draws for them have already been held. .

Furthermore, he reiterated his condemnation of “Russia's illegal war” and recalled that it was the first sports body to react against it and took action in February 2022, when it suspended all Russian teams from its competitions, eliminated scheduled events in Russia, such as the Champions League final in Saint Petersburg and the Super Cup in Kazan, and canceled its sponsorship contract with the gas consortium Gazprom.

(With information from EFE)

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