The national teams of Sweden and Latvia joined the boycott of matches with the Russian national team
The national teams of Sweden and Latvia joined the boycott of matches with Russian youth teams. Expressen reports.
“We do not intend to compete in any competitions with Russian participants. We have stated and continue to state that we do not intend to oppose Russian teams,” said Fredrik Reinfeldt, chairman of the Swedish Football Association.
On September 26, the Football Association of England announced that junior teams would refuse matches with Russian teams. The organization emphasized that it opposes the return of Russia to the number of participants in competitions under the auspices of UEFA. Later, Poland and Denmark made similar statements. Ukraine called on other countries to boycott the games.
Earlier on the same day, the UEFA Executive Committee proposed allowing Russian national teams among players under 17 years of age to participate in international tournaments. The organization noted that the proposal includes admission in a neutral status, that is, athletes can receive the right to compete without the flag and anthem.
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