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Russia postpones decision on whether to leave UEFA for AFC until next week


The Russian Football Union (RFU) Executive Committee has postponed its decision on whether it will transfer from UEFA to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) until December 27.

The organisation was due to announce its choice but had to postpone it after failing to come to a conclusion.

“We booked a time-out regarding Asia at least before the middle of the next week,” AFC Executive Committee member Alexander Kamenskoi said, as reported by Russian state-run news agency TASS.

“There will be more discussions on the issue.”

“Should we wait for a final decision [next week]?

“I believe that the Executive Committee would task the administration to solve this issue.”

UEFA, alongside FIFA, banned Russian international teams and clubs from all of their competitions following the invasion of Ukraine.

“I think we will meet on Tuesday in the format of video conferencing,” said RFU President Alexander Dyukov.

“We will make a final decision.”

Russia was unable to participate at the recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar after it was banned from taking part in the qualification rounds.

The team is also set to miss out on the 2024 UEFA European Championship after being excluded from the draw.

Since the suspension, the Russian national team has played a number of fixtures.

The team played an unofficial friendly match with Kyrgyzstan in which they won 2-1 in September.

In November, they then played Tajikistan and Uzbekistan which both ended 0-0 and contributed to FIFA rankings.

Following the suspension of Russian athletes from international tournaments, a number of sporting federations have hinted at their possible participation in Asia-based sports tournaments.

Earlier this month, the Olympic Summit, chaired by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, agreed unanimously to follow up an initiative proposed by the Olympic Council of Asia to enable Russian and Belarus athletes to take part in its competitions.

Source : Inside the Games