No decision on Russia’s potential switch to Asian confederation

MOSCOW, Dec 31 — The Russian Soccer Union’s (RFU) Govt Committee associates have not expressed their intention to switch to the Asian confederation even as the country continues to be suspended by European soccer physique UEFA, RFU head Alexander Dyukov said.

The two UEFA and global football’s governing overall body FIFA experienced made the decision in February that all Russian groups – no matter if countrywide or club sides – would be suspended from participation in their competitions next Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Was any member of the Executive Committee in favour of Asia? Nobody expressed this place,” Dyukov was quoted as indicating by Russia’s TASS news company on Friday.

Moscow calls its steps in Ukraine a “special operation” but the suspension prevented Russia from qualifying for the 2022 men’s Environment Cup while the women’s workforce were barred from collaborating in the European Championship earlier this yr.

The move prompted the RFU to examine producing the swap to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

But TASS reported the committee that met on Friday resolved to develop a working team to interact with FIFA, UEFA and other confederations.

“(The) discussion was not about a transfer to Asia… the executive board produced a decision to entail all regulators in buy to formulate a consolidated place,” Dyukov extra.

The RFU and 4 Russian clubs experienced appealed to the Court docket of Arbitration for Activity (CAS), but their appeals versus FIFA and UEFA’s final decision to ban them from all competitors right until even further discover were being dismissed in July.

The AFC has recognized new users from other confederations in the previous, welcoming Australia into their competitions immediately after they remaining the Oceania confederation in 2006. — Reuters