Saudi Says No Objection To Russia Joining Asian Football Body..

Written by on February 2, 2023

Saudi Arabia would not object to Russia joining the Asian Football Confederation, its sports minister told AFP on Wednesday, as Russian officials search for ways to return to international competition.

Russian officials dangled the possibility of a move to Asia in December, following Russia’s ban from international competition by European body UEFA over the invasion of Ukraine.

Although the Russian Football Union later called for a working group on resuming ties with UEFA, Russian Football Union chief Alexander Dyukov did not rule out seeking AFC membership at a later stage.

Speaking at the AFC Congress in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia’s Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said he didn’t see a problem with Russia shifting allegiances to Asia.

Joining the AFC would mean that Russia would play World Cup qualifiers against Asian teams and that its club sides would take part in Asian competitions.

AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said there had been no formal approach about Russia’s membership.

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