Ukrainian football teams are preparing to boycott UEFA competitions after the European governing body decided to lift its ban on Russia’s youth teams.
The matches in which Russian teams will participate will be played without the country’s flag, national anthem, or international jersey, and outside Russian territory.
Previously, restrictions prevented Russia from participating in tournaments, including the Women’s European Championship and World Cup qualifiers.
UEFA said on Wednesday that children should not be victimized by the actions of adults, but said senior teams at club and national level would remain banned over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
“Children should not be punished for actions for which adults are solely responsible, and [UEFA] firmly believes that football should never stop delivering messages of peace and hope,” the statement said. The statement was included.
“It is particularly sad that a young generation is deprived of the right to compete in international football due to the ongoing conflict,” the statement said.
The Ukrainian Football Federation (UAF) called on UEFA to maintain the blanket ban, adding that the decision was unfounded and tolerated Moscow’s aggression.
While the FA said youth teams would not play against Russia, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted UEFA’s ongoing suspension against Russian adult teams reflected its determination to take a stand against violence.