"We don't need them": Russia called UEFA's categorical statement about Russian Federation's return to world soccer a fake
The president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Alexander Dyukov pretended that the head of European football (UEFA) Alexander Čeferin did not say that Russia would be able to participate in international tournaments only after the war in Ukraine ended. Despite the existence of a video recording of these words of the Slovenian, the aggressor country tried to convince the fans that this was a lie by the Western media in the best traditions of Kremlin propaganda.
Dyukov said this in an interview with the RB Sport portal. The Russian Federation President added that his organization is in constant contact with UEFA and its leaders, continuing to cooperate with the Europeans and waiting for the opportunity to return to the international arena.
"We are guided by the fact that we all speak directly. We don't need intermediaries. With all due respect to journalists, I'm used to trusting what I hear myself, not what I read in publications I don't even know. Some newspaper wrote something..." said Dyukov.
Earlier, honorary president of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Koloskov was disappointed with Ceferin'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, with the national team banned from the qualifying tournament for the 2024 European Championship and the League of Nations.
At the same time, UEFA returned Russian representatives to its competitions by appointing a team of referees from Russia to the Women's Nations League.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Russian coach Valery Ovchinnikov threatened UEFA after their announcement about the return of Russian athletes with the words "this is the task for the Russian army."