Date: September 18, 2023 Time: 04:46:51
The head of the Union of European Football Associations said on Serbian TV channel Sportklub that Russian teams will only be able to return after the completion of a special military operation in Ukraine.
“Russia will return to football only when the events in Ukraine are over,” TASS quotes Ceferin.
The head of UEFA also explained the reasons for the termination of the agreement with Gazprom. According to him, it is a symbolic act, because hundreds of millions of people watch the matches and it was difficult to advertise a Russian company.
“I’m very sorry, but we had to do it,” Ceferin emphasized.
In February 2022, FIFA and UEFA suspended national teams and clubs of the Russian Federation from participating in tournaments under their auspices. At the same time, both organizations did not prohibit the holding of friendly matches. St. Petersburg was also deprived of the right to host the Champions League final.