UEFA re-accepted Russian youth teams

He UEFA Executive Committee on Tuesday it was decided that the Russian youth teams up to the Sub 17 team to be allowed back into their competition this season and confirmed the disqualification of all other Russian teams, both clubs and national teams, until the end of the conflict in Ukraine.

The organization explained that they will offer a technical solution that will allow the Russian U17 national teams, both women’s and men’s, to be readmitted to all tournaments, even if their draw has already been completed.

All matches of the Russian national teams will be held outside their territory, without the country’s flag, anthem and national playing uniform.

UEFA confirmed its condemnation “Russia’s illegal war” and recalled that it was the first sports organization to react to this and took action in February 2022, when it suspended all Russian teams from its competitions, excluded planned events in Russia such as the Champions League final and the Super Cup in Kazan, and terminated its sponsorship contract with Gazprom.

In a statement, the organization said it “recognizes that children should not be punished for actions for which adults alone are responsible” and expressed its “firm belief that football should never stop sending messages of peace and hope.”

In turn, the UEFA President Alexander Ceferin– he said.

UEFA’s continued suspension of Russian senior teams reflects its commitment to taking a stance against violence and aggression. UEFA is determined to maintain this position until the war ends and peace is restored. But by prohibiting children from participating in our competitions, we not only fail to recognize and protect the fundamental right to their full development, but we also directly discriminate against them.

The Slovenian leader believes that by “giving them the opportunity to play and compete with their peers from across Europe,” UEFA is investing “in what he hopes will be a brighter and more capable future generation and a better future.”

Alexander Ceferin.

(according to information from EFE)

Source: Aristegui Noticias