Alexander Safrin made the comments after Russia missed out on qualifying for the next European Championships
UEFA president Alexander Safrin has expressed hope that Russian football teams will return to international competition as soon as possible, but defended the country’s ban from Euro 2024 qualification.
UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that the Russian men’s national team will not be included in the qualification draw for Euro 2024 in Frankfurt on October 9.
The decision means Russia is barred from the tournament, which will be held in ten German cities in June and July 2024.
UEFA and global counterpart FIFA initially banned all Russian teams in February following the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine – sanctions that UEFA extended in May.
“This is not today’s decision. The decision regarding the Russian national and club teams and their suspensions was made ‘until further notice’, which means they remain in place until we decide otherwise. will Saffron Explained After the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Hvar, Croatia.
“It means we don’t have to make a decision every time another competition comes up.”
The Slovenian said his organization was hoping the conflict in Ukraine would end. “As soon as possible,” And that Russia may return to UEFA competitions later.
“But as things stand, we can’t even discuss it.” Ceferin added.
It was also revealed this week that Ceferin had shared a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which the leader thanked the UEFA president. “For supporting our players and steadfast uncompromising stance.”
Ahead of UEFA’s confirmation that Russia will be excluded from Euro 2024 qualifying, Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) president Andriy Pavlko expressed his delight at the announcement on social media.
“The Russians have nothing to prepare for.” Pavelko wrote.“At least until 2024, they will not be in official international football competitions.”
The UAF had previously called for Russia to be excluded from the qualification draw. It was also reported late last week that UEFA had come under pressure from Germany’s interior minister, Nancy Fesser, the host of the tournament.
Feser requested that Belarus be excluded from qualification along with Russia, although UEFA continued its policy of allowing the Belarusian team to compete on the condition that ‘home’ matches were played at neutral venues. Belarus will be separated from Ukraine in the Euro 2024 draw.
Russian men’s national team manager Valery Karpin said the decision on Euro 2024 was expected, but it comes after his team failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar earlier this year. Will miss out on another major tournament.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) had already appealed the UEFA and FIFA bans, which were thrown out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland, but said on Tuesday it was considering further legal action. Is.
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