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"Not ready for compromises": Russia criticizes FIFA and UEFA, complaining about Ukrainian activists

Oleksandr ChekanovSport
Russia suspended from UEFA tournaments

The International Football Federation (FIFA) and the European Football Union (UEFA) are not ready to ease sanctions against Russia. At the same time, representatives of the aggressor country continue to insist that their suspension from the competition is unfair and allegedly politicized.

This was stated by sports lawyer Mikhail Prokopets in an interview with the YouTube channel "This is football, brother!", Championship.com reports. According to him, Russian teams are ready to hold international matches on neutral fields in so-called friendly countries, where "there are no Ukrainian activists."

''Not ready for compromises'': Russia criticizes FIFA and UEFA, complaining about Ukrainian activists
''Not ready for compromises'': Russia criticizes FIFA and UEFA, complaining about Ukrainian activists

"Unfortunately, we realized that neither FIFA nor UEFA are ready for any compromises. In fact, our clubs are being punished for something they are not guilty of. The formal wording of the suspension from the European Cups and the World Cup is security. It's written right there. But when we start saying let's make matches without spectators in Turkey or Kazakhstan, we provide documents from these countries saying that they agree to host them. They say, 'Well, no way. We think it's still super dangerous.' Although there have been no incidents in clubs or national teams. Ukrainian activists did not run to the training camps in the Emirates or Turkey," Prokopets said.

''Not ready for compromises'': Russia criticizes FIFA and UEFA, complaining about Ukrainian activists

Earlier, the honorary president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Vyacheslav Koloskov, denied that Russian teams would return to UEFA youth tournaments in 2024. And former Russian national team player Roman Shirokov, threatening UEFA and talking about a "winning country," said that Russians would return to European football tournaments on their own terms.

''Not ready for compromises'': Russia criticizes FIFA and UEFA, complaining about Ukrainian activists

As reported, the executive committee of the Russian Federation decided to refuse to join the Asian Confederation (ACF), complaining that no one gives guarantees of returning to international competitions.

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