The UEFA Executive Committee proposed allowing Russian under-17 teams to participate in tournaments without a flag
The Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) proposed allowing Russian national teams among players under 17 years of age to participate in international tournaments. This is reported on the organization’s website.
The executive committee noted that the proposal includes admission in a neutral status, that is, athletes can receive the right to compete without the flag and anthem. Now the organization is working on a technical solution that would allow the restoration of Russian teams on the international stage.
In December 2022, the executive committee of the Russian Football Union created a working group that will study the issue of transition from UEFA to the Asian Confederation. The decision is planned to be made by the end of 2023. The International Football Federation (FIFA) stated that it will not prevent the Russian national team from participating in the qualification for the 2026 World Cup if the country moves to Asia.
On February 28, FIFA and UEFA excluded Russian national teams and clubs from international tournaments. Teams do not compete in European competitions, and the Russian national team lost the opportunity to compete for access to the final part of the 2022 World Cup.
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