Tyagachev: UEFA Vice-President Nilsson’s apology for admitting Russians is unsportsmanlike
Honorary President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Leonid Tyagachev responded to the apology of the First Vice-President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Karl-Erik Nilsson for his proposal to admit Russian youth teams to international tournaments. His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
Tyagachev called the act unsportsmanlike and inhuman. “The UEFA vice-president retracted his words – this is purely politics. But we need to play, especially since these are our youth teams,” he said.
Nilsson is also the head of the Swedish Football Association. Earlier on Tuesday, October 3, it became known that he expressed regret that his position on the admission of Russians was perceived as a refusal to defend Sweden’s position.
On September 26, 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. Later, England, Poland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Romania and Ukraine announced that their junior teams would refuse matches with Russian teams.
Kingston is an accomplished author and journalist, known for his in-depth and engaging writing on sports. He currently works as a writer at 247 News Agency, where he has established himself as a respected voice in the sports industry.