The executive committee of the Russian Football Union is discussing the possibility of moving from UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, to the AFC, the Asian Football Confederation.

“I am not sure that a decision will be adopted, but the situation requires discussion,” said the chairman of the executive committee, general director of Gazpromneft company Alexander Duyov.

According to him, months ago he would have considered the option of joining the Asian confederation premature, but now it is necessary to discuss it.

Dyukov noted that he did not discuss this topic with representatives of the Asian Football Confederation.

“We are still a member of UEFA, they consider us a member of the European family. We implement all programs. It would be ugly from our side to start conversations with the Asian Confederation over their heads”, said Dyukov.

In connection with the attack on Ukraine, UEFA has suspended the participation of Russian football clubs and national teams in European competitions.

Recently, commentators in the sports circles of Russia are actively discussing the issue of joining the Asian confederation. Dyukov became the first official to speak publicly about it.

If the Russians join the Asian Football Confederation, they will probably get the opportunity to host official matches, as most Asian countries are neutral on the ongoing war in Ukraine.

But in that case, Russian clubs will be deprived of even a theoretical opportunity to participate in European club tournaments and will have to fight for Asian club cups.

According to the report of “Freedom” Russian service, the coach of the Russian national team is not against the change of the federation.

“It is not known how long we have to wait to return to Europe, so let’s move to Asia,” Valery Karpin said.

Meanwhile, the former president of the Russian Football Union, Vyacheslav Koloskov, is categorically against that idea.

“Do you want to go to the swamp? There are huge spaces and a poor federation,” Koloskov said.

Russia’s Ashgabat have played three friendly matches since being suspended and kicked out of official competitions, beating Kyrgyzstan 2-1 and drawing 0-0 with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

At the end of October, the Bosnia-Herzegovina national team announced that it was withdrawing from the game scheduled for November 19 against the Russians in St. Petersburg.

The Soviet Union joined UEFA in 1954, and Russia retained membership after the collapse of the USSR.

Russia is geographically located in both Europe and Asia. A number of countries whose territory is wholly or partially located in Europe are members of UEFA.

Turkey, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Israel are on that list.

There are no contrary examples for a country to be partially located in Asia and to be a member of the Asian Football Confederation.

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