Russia’s sports minister reacts to demands for exclusion from Ukrainian football — RT Sport News

The Kyiv Football Association wants to see its Russian counterpart excluded from UEFA and FIFA

Ukraine sings “old songs” by demanding that the Russian Football Union (RFU) be excluded from the world and European governing bodies of FIFA and UEFA, according to Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin.

The president of the Ukrainian Football Association (UAF), Andrey Pavelko, revealed on Facebook on Tuesday that his organization “will demand the exclusion of Russia from UEFA and FIFA”.

The UAF sent a “Immediate call” to FIFA and UEFA “with a request to apply the most severe sanctions against the RFU”, Pavelko revealed.

The action was linked to a decision to allow clubs from the new regions of Russia and Crimea to compete in Russian football leagues.

Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, as well as the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, officially became part of the Russian Federation last month when people in those territories voted overwhelmingly in favor of the decision in referendums.

Matytsin said that the UAF was singing “old songs” and that Russia is “aware of what colleagues from abroad are saying” On the question.

“But we are absolutely confident in our development strategy, unifying strategies, consolidation strategies, solidarity. That is the main mission of sport – to be together. Anything that goes against this strategy, [that] destroys it, is unacceptable to us,” Matytsin added, as reported by TASS.

The Russian Minister of Sports claimed that there are no hostile countries in sports and mentioned that Russia may organize competitions supposed to take place between the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization ( SCO) and BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). .

“I don’t think you need to choose where to turn”, he said. “We also have a constructive dialogue with Asian countries.

“In sports, we have said many times that there are no hostile countries, we hold many open tournaments, we invite everyone, but everyone makes a decision according to the political situation in their country. .”

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Russian teams and clubs are already banned from international football competitions by FIFA and UEFA after these organizations followed a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take such measures when the military operation was launched in Ukraine end of February.

The opinion was also followed by many other sports federations, leaving Russia excluded from the international sports arena.


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