RFU President Aleksandr Dyukov confirmed that his body does not plan to move
The Russian Football Union (RFU) president has denied rumors that the organization is planning to leave UEFA and switch to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Reports have regularly claimed that the RFU is considering the move after UEFA and its global counterpart, FIFA, banned all Russian teams and clubs from international competitions.
The move, made on a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, prevented the men’s national team from playing their 2022 World Cup semi-final against European rivals, the Poland and the women’s national team. the team will be expelled from Euro 2022 in England this summer.
Spartak Moscow were also expelled from the Europa League, with their last 32 opponents, RB Leipzig, exempted from the quarter-finals.
With a series of new sanctions introduced earlier this month meaning all Russian clubs will be banned from European competition next season, and the men’s team dropped from the Nations League while Portugal replaced the Russia at Euro 2022, the subject of the RFU pursuing their alleged breakaway plans has come to the fore once again.
Pushed for a comment on Saturday, however, RFU President Aleksandr Dyukov made it clear: “We are not considering this option.”
“We are members of UEFA and we will remain [so]”, Dyukov continued.
“There were many rumors before the UEFA executive committee and conference that a decision would be taken to expel the RFU, but these are rumors that have no basis.”
“We participated in the conference, I participated in the executive committee. There was no such question, nobody raised it”, Dyukov spoke about the events in Vienna this week.
Dyukov’s remarks come after UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told Slovenian news agency STA in a soon-to-be-published interview that the idea of Russia joining the AFC must have come up. “of a politician” and not the RFU, while claiming that such plans would set Russian football back from “100 years”.
In March, RFU official Maxim Mitrofanov also poured cold water on the alleged shooting in the dark.
“The press raises the subject that Russia could move to an Asian or even African confederation. But for now, it’s just a pretense,” he added. Mitrofanov said, according to Match TV, at the ‘We are together. Sport’ forum in Moscow.
“We see ourselves in the FIFA family, at UEFA. And we will see how the situation develops. We cannot talk about creating alternative international competitions.
“According to our rules, this requires the consent of the other party, and other teams are also included in FIFA – they will be threatened with exclusion from this organization if they opt for an alternative. Nobody will agree with that” Mitrofanov added.
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