UEFA allowed Russian U-17 national teams to participate in international competitions

The disqualification of the remaining national teams remains in force until the end of the war against Ukraine

UEFA admitted to international competitions Russian national teams U-17 (boys and girls) during the 2023/24 season. The disqualification of the remaining Russian teams remains in force.

UEFA said that children should not be punished for actions for which responsibility lies with adults. The Executive Committee is working on a technical solution on how to allow U-17 teams into competitions where the draw has already taken place. All team matches will be held without the flag, anthem, national playing uniform and not on Russian territory.

“UEFA’s continued suspension of Russian senior teams reflects its commitment to take a stand against violence and aggression. “UEFA is determined to maintain this position until the war is over and peace is restored.”

“But by prohibiting children from participating in our competitions, we not only fail to recognize and support the fundamental right to their holistic development, but we also directly discriminate against them. By providing opportunities to play and compete with their peers from across Europe, we are investing in what we hope will be a brighter, more capable future generation and a better future,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

Previously, Ceferin said that Russian football clubs and national teams of the Russian Federation will be under a UEFA ban until the end of hostilities in Ukraine. The functionary also called the termination of the sponsorship contract with Gazprom “a symbolic act that needed to be done.”

In February last year, FIFA and UEFA did not allow all Russian national teams and clubs to participate in competitions under the auspices of organizations due to the full-scale military invasion of the Russian Federation into the territory of Ukraine. Also, FIFA and UEFA did not appoint officials from the aggressor country for international matches.

UEFA also stated that Crimean clubs do not have the right to compete in tournaments under the auspices of the Russian Football Union. European functionaries established the status of a “special zone” for the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula in 2014.

In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched rocket and air strikes on most Ukrainian cities and then launched a full-scale military invasion. The war against Russia has continued for the 580th day.

Source: Sportarena

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