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Ukraine football chief wants Russia banned from FIFA and UEFA — RT Sport News

The Russian Football Union (RFU) could be excluded from world and European football federations FIFA and UEFA if it follows a request from the Ukrainian Football Association (UAF).

The two bodies have already banned Russian teams and clubs from international competitions following a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued in late February in response to the military operation in Ukraine.

As UAF President Andrey Pavelko revealed on his Facebook page, the UAF sent a “Immediate call” at FIFA and UEFA “with a request to apply the most severe sanctions against the RFU.”

“Namely, we will demand the exclusion of Russia from UEFA and FIFA,” Pavelko confirmed.

Pavelko explained that the action was taken due to the decision to allow teams from the new regions of Russia and Crimea to compete in Russian football leagues.

Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, in addition to the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, became official parts of the Russian Federation last month after voters in the territories overwhelmingly supported the move in referendums.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernychenko confirmed that clubs from the regions would be integrated into Russian leagues after the government reached a decision on this with the RFU, prompting the UAF’s call to take severe and rapid measures.

UAF’s request comes after Pavelko claimed Russia would be left out of Euro 2024 qualifying in Germany before UEFA confirmed the decision.

“Russians have nothing to prepare” Pavelko wrote in another social media post. “At least until 2024 they will not participate in official international football competitions.”

Bosnian football bosses delay decision on Russia match

Pavelko had previously made calls for the implementation of the Euro 2024 ban and also asked UEFA and FIFA to ban a planned friendly match between Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina which is expected to have take place in Saint Petersburg next month.

“We are doing everything possible to prevent the match from taking place” Pavelko said.

Earlier this month, football officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina postponed a decision on whether to go ahead with the game against Russia after postponing a meeting of their federation’s board of directors to late October.

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