Full ban: UEFA reverses decision to return Russia
The European Football Union (UEFA) has canceled the decision to return the Russian youth national teams to their tournaments at the organization's regular executive committee. The organization did not find a technical protocol that would allow the inclusion of representatives of the aggressor country in the selection for the continental championships.
This was reported by the AP news agency. It is noted that a serious split emerged in UEFA after President Alexander Čeferin raised the issue of the return of young Russians to the competition without prior consultation. As a result, at least 12 UEFA members announced a boycott of matches with teams from Russia.
As a reminder, Ukraine, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, and England have also announced a boycott of Russia. In addition, the Swedes have announced that they will not allow Russian women to participate in the final part of the European Championships in their country.
Earlier, four-time Olympic biathlon champion Alexander Tikhonov literally flew off the handle after Sweden's decision regarding the Russian women's national team.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, legendary German striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, saying that Russian "children are victims of war," supported UEFA's initial decision to allow the Russian youth team to qualify for the 2024 UEFA European Championship.