Are they lying again? Russia officially responds to UEFA's statement on the return of
The Russian Football Union (RFU) has pretended that the statement by the head of European football (UEFA), Alexander Čeferin, about the possibility of returning Russian teams to international tournaments only after the end of the war is not true. The organization referred to its own dialogue with UEFA, ignoring the words of the Slovenian official himself.
This was stated by the Russian Football Federation press service in response to a request from the TASS propaganda news agency. Moscow emphasized that the issue of allowing Russian teams to participate in the competition is also being discussed with the International Football Federation (FIFA), and called Cheferin's quotes in the media speculation.
"The Russian Football Federation is in dialogue with FIFA and UEFA and consistently conveys its position on the need for Russia to return to official international competitions. We focus on direct communication with international football organizations. Its content, by agreement of the parties, remains non-public, but differs significantly from speculation and interpretations published in the press," the RFF said.
Earlier, honorary president of the Russian Football Federation Vyacheslav Koloskov reacted doom and gloom to Cheferin's statement about the return of teams from Russia to international tournaments. As a reminder, Russian clubs have been suspended from the Champions League, UEFA League, and Conference League, and the national team from the qualifying tournament for the 2024 European Championship and the League of Nations.
At the same time, UEFA has returned Russian representatives to its competitions by appointing a team of referees from Russia to the Women's Nations League game.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Russian coach Valery Ovchinnikov threatened UEFA with the words "the task was set for the Russian army" after the announcement of the return.