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UEFA revokes decision to allow Russian U17 teams to participate in tournaments

10 October, 2023 Tuesday
17:58

UEFA has canceled the decision to allow Russian U17 teams to participate in its competitions due to a flurry of criticism and a strong protest from members of the Association

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The Associated Press reported the information, citing the organization's statement.

Russia will not be allowed to participate in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifiers this month.

UEFA has considered including Russia in its men's and women's youth competitions after unexpectedly easing its policy two weeks ago to exclude all national and club teams from international competitions over the invasion of Ukraine.

The policy has sparked a split in UEFA's executive committee, with at least 12 of the 55 European member federations saying their teams will refuse to play against Russia.

After assessing how Russian youth teams could be reintegrated, UEFA said after a regular meeting of the executive committee on Tuesday that "the agenda point was withdrawn as no technical solution to allow Russian teams to play could be found."

  • On September 26, media reported that the UEFA Executive Committee had allowed Russia's junior national teams under the age of 17 to participate in international tournaments, while sanctions against other national teams and clubs remained in place.

  • This decision caused a flurry of outrage and protests from leading members of the Association.


 
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