UEFA uses Ukraine's 'softening stance' to lift boycott of Russia - Sky Sports
European soccer leaders are trying to suppress the refusal of European countries to play alongside Russian national teams in international tournaments. On September 26, UEFA decided to return Russian junior teams but without the flag and anthem.
Sky Sports journalist Rob Harris said that UEFA privately pointed out to football officials that they were inconsistent in their opposition to Russia's return to youth championships, citing Ukraine's position as an argument.
UEFA emphasizes that the Ukrainian Ministry of Sports softened its position in July, lifting the ban on Ukrainian athletes' participation in most competitions where Russians compete in neutral status.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, on September 27, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) refused to allow the Russian U-17 women's national team to participate in the European Championships to be held in Sweden in 2024.
In addition, the Swedish and Danish national teams announced that they would not play the Russians in the qualifiers for the European Youth Championship. The Scandinavians expressed their support for Ukraine, which continues to resist Russian aggression.