The Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) has said that the Ukrainian football teams will shun any competition featuring Russian teams.
The federation disclosed this on Wednesday in response to UEFA re-admitting Russia’s youth team to international competition.
The UAF said, “The UAF confirms that it will not take part in any competitions involving Russian teams.”
It equally urged other UEFA members to shun matches involving Russian teams.
UEFA was quick to bar all Russian teams from competitions in 2022 in response to Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine.
However, the ban was relaxed by readmitting Russia’s national under-17 team on Tuesday.
The UAF in a statement on Tuesday said, “The Ukrainian Association of Football strongly condemns the decision by UEFA to return U-17 teams from Russia to international competitions,”
“The UAF confirms that it will not take part in any competitions involving Russian teams.”
Announcing the decision, UEFA argued that a “generation of minors” was being deprived of the right to compete, and that children should not be punished for the actions of adults.
But it added that Russian teams would not be permitted to play on Russian territory, and that the country’s flag, anthem, and national playing kit would be barred.
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