Russian football chiefs react to UEFA and FIFA suspension – RT Sport News

The Russian Football Union (RFU) reacted after UEFA and FIFA banned all Russian teams from their competitions

The Russian Football Union (RFU) has said it reserves the right to challenge the decision by governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to suspend Russian teams from all their competitions due to the ongoing military campaign in Ukraine.

In a joint statement on Monday, FIFA and UEFA announced that no Russian teams at club or international level would participate in their tournaments. “until further notice.”

The RFU decried the step as “discriminatory” and says it’s gonna hurt “Millions of Russian and foreign fans.”

“The Russian Football Union categorically disagrees with the decision of FIFA and UEFA to suspend all Russian teams from participating in international matches for an indefinite period,” read a statement on the RFU website.

“We believe that this decision is contrary to the norms and principles of international competition, as well as the spirit of sport.

“This has a clear discriminatory character and harms a large number of athletes, coaches, club and national team employees, and above all millions of Russian and foreign fans, whose interests of international sports organizations must above all to protect.

“Such actions divide the international sporting community, which has always adhered to the principles of equality, mutual respect and independence from politics.

“We reserve the right to challenge the decision of FIFA and UEFA in accordance with international sports law,” he added.

Among other things, the decision by UEFA and FIFA means that the Russian men’s national team will miss out on the chance to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Russia were due to face Poland in the semi-finals in Moscow on March 24, before meeting either Sweden or the Czech Republic in the Russian capital later in the month.

However, the three nations had refused to play against Russia in light of the military operation launched by Moscow in Ukraine.

FIFA initially said Russia should play home matches at a neutral venue without fans, and without the country’s flag or anthem.

Monday’s decision went much further by completely banning Russian teams and follows recommendations earlier in the day from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Russian and Belarusian athletes should not be allowed to participate in international competitions in all the sports.

Olympic officials recommend total ban on Russia and Belarus

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