Russian football is closer to moving to Asia. What do they say about that?

Russia can leave UEFA and the best RPL team will play in the Asian Champions League: details

The news of the transfer of the Russian Football Association (RFU) from the Association of European Football Associations (UEFA) to the Asian Confederation has become topical again. In Russian football, the calendar can be reformed and the two strongest teams can apply for the Asian Champions League. “Sports Day by Day” tells what is known about it at the moment.

The first news about a possible change in the course of the RFU appeared in March. Until then, Russian teams and teams had been barred from participating in international competitions under the auspices of UEFA and FIFA. There was also talk of a possible expulsion of the RFU by FIFA members at the organisation’s Doha conference, but these allegations have not been confirmed. In addition, Russian has become one of FIFA ‘s official languages. However, the prospect of a move to the East in Russian football remains.

According to RB-Sport, RFU is considering a reform package for the new 2022/23 season. The season is supposed to be played in two stages in order to return to the tournaments according to the “spring-autumn” system (starting from the 2011/12 season, all tournaments in Russian professional football were held from autumn to spring). In addition, the two strongest teams in the autumn section of the upcoming season (to be held from June 25 to November 20, 2022) will be eligible to participate in the group stage of the Asian Champions League.

Zenit defender Nourali Alip

Important note: this is just one of the possible projects for next season.

Reaction to the news: what they say in Russian football

Aleksey Sorokin, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stated that “in our time everything is possible.” At the same time, he suggested that in the beginning it is necessary to consult with UEFA.

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“We have always had good relations with UEFA. Of course, recent events have blurred the picture a bit, but we have always had a good constructive interaction. How will such a transition affect the level of our football? I can not say. I did not even think it was possible. “Although in our time everything is possible,” Sorokin told SE.

Roman Deryushkov, a member of the State Duma who is a member of Khimki’s Supervisory Board, was in favor of a possible transition.

“Asian football is a good platform. If they do not want to see us here, we will play there. We will remain on the international stage, our clubs will show good results. “We rely only on our players, then it will be interesting,” he said in an interview with Match TV.

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A strange comment was made on the day of the same FIFA conference by RFU General Manager Maxim Mitrofanov: “So far, these are just fantasies. We see ourselves in the FIFA family, part of UEFA. “And we will see how the situation develops.” It seems that the key word in his speech was not “fantasy”, but “still”.

What determines RFU’s transition from UEFA to Asia?

RFU has appealed against the decisions of UEFA and FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS). The hearings may take place in April or May and will significantly affect the further course of events. It is important to understand that the CAS rejected RFU’s appeal to postpone the 2022 World Cup play-offs, so the Russian team will definitely lose the World Cup in Qatar.

Russia's national football team played its last official match in November 2021 against Croatia

It is important to understand what else can affect RFU’s transition from UEFA to Asia.

  1. European teams may refuse to play Russia even if RFU is restored: for example, before the 2022 World Cup play-offs, Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic refused to play Russia even before FIFA decide on the suspension.

  2. There may be problems with ensuring safety in sports. For example, officially, in connection with this reason the Russian skiers were postponed from the last stages of the World Cup.

  3. Russia could fall seriously in the UEFA rankings (currently 10th out of 55). This threatens with losses of 500 million euros over seven years.

Neither FIFA nor UEFA named the exact time of Russia’s removal, only stressing that the ban would depend on further developments.

Are there precedents in other sports? Yes!

This week (Thursday, April 14), the Russian Chess Federation announced its entry into the Asian Chess Federation. The decision was made by the FSR Supervisory Board. Until recently, Russia was a member of the European Chess Union.

Earlier, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) suspended the national teams of Russia and Belarus from participating and moved the World Chess Olympics from Moscow. At the same time, Russian grandmasters are allowed to play in individual tournaments with the symbols of their national chess federations.

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