Two more teams announce boycott of Russia after it returns to UEFA U-17 tournaments
The national teams of Poland and Latvia will not take the field against the Russian youth teams, which the European Football Union (UEFA) decided to allow to compete the day before. The federations of both countries also criticized the organization's decision and supported Ukraine.
President of the Polish Football Union (PZPN) Cezary Kulesha admitted that he was surprised by UEFA's move. "I was surprised by yesterday's statement of the UEFA Executive Committee. If Russian teams are allowed to compete, our teams will not compete with them. This is the only right decision," he wrote on his page on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter.
In turn, the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) on its official website condemned UEFA and reminded that the war in Ukraine is still ongoing.
"The LFF confirms that Latvian national football teams at all levels will not play against Russian teams, regardless of the venue of such games or the form of representation of Russian athletes. This is contrary to the LFF's firm position on the war started by Russia in Ukraine, and this position will remain in force until the end of hostilities," the organization said in a release.
On the eve, the English Football Association announced its decision to boycott matches against Russian boys.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the Ukrainian Football Association condemned UEFA's decision to start the procedure for the return of Russian teams to its tournaments.