Loophole found – Russia’s union wants to turn its back on Europe
Russian national football teams will no longer have a stage in the future. Uefa has just tightened sanctions for the illegal attack on Ukraine. The Russian association has now apparently found a way out of the dilemma.
WDue to the sanctions imposed by the European Football Union (UEFA) against the Russian Federation, a switch to the Asian Federation is being discussed in Moscow. “I think the time has come to seriously consider moving to the Asian Football Union,” state sports channel Match TV, Dmitry Pirog, quoted the State Duma on Tuesday.
The former boxing world champion justified the initiative by saying that it was unclear how long Russia would be excluded from European football. Sky had previously reported on the investigation of an association change.
Uefa on Monday tightened its sanctions against the Russian association RFS due to the war of aggression against Ukraine. The Russians may not apply to host the European Football Championship in 2028 and 2032, the men’s national team will not participate in the upcoming edition of the Nations League. The women’s national team has been excluded from the European Championships from 6 to 31 July in England.
Russian official raves about Asia
According to the well-connected Russian sports journalist Nobel Arustamyan, such mind games have been going on behind the scenes at RFS for weeks. In principle, former international Vladimir Bystrow also agreed to the request. However, only if no agreement with Uefa is possible in the long run. “If we are not admitted to the Uefa tournaments within the next five years, then we will have to look for other development paths and possibly go to the Asian football market,” he told Match TV.
Pirog, deputy head of the Duma’s sports committee, also said the sport is developing in Asia: “Recognized European coaches have worked there for a long time and played strong legionaries.”
Former RFS president Vyacheslav Koloskov, on the other hand, criticized the idea. “Personally, I am strictly against such a move because it means the final death of Russian football, nor will we ever return to the European family,” he warned. This is a relapse into second grade. “So who are we going to play with?”