NYON, Switzerland: European soccer’s governing physique UEFA mentioned on Tuesday (Oct 10) that it had deserted plans to readmit Russian under-17 groups into the youth European Championship subsequent 12 months.
In September, UEFA reinstated Russian youth groups to its competitions, having suspended the nation’s senior sides because of the invasion of Ukraine.
UEFA argued that youth gamers mustn’t should pay the value for the actions of adults.
That call sparked anger in Kyiv, which mentioned in response it could boycott all UEFA competitions featuring Russian teams.
However UEFA now says it was too tough logistically to reintegrate Russian under-17 groups and the difficulty was faraway from the agenda of a gathering of the physique’s govt committee.
“The agenda level was withdrawn as no technical resolution to permit Russian groups to play could possibly be discovered,” UEFA mentioned.
Kyiv thanked UEFA for scrapping the plans and promised to “combat for the continuation of the isolation” of Russia.
“We thank our European companions for supporting Ukraine,” Ukraine’s soccer affiliation mentioned in an announcement.
FIFA, world soccer’s governing physique, adopted in UEFA’s footsteps earlier this month by saying it too would reinstate Russia’s under-17 groups.
FIFA didn’t instantly remark when requested for its response following UEFA’s determination to scrap its plans.