Sky News understands that Russian football teams will remain banned from European competitions as the war against Ukraine continues.
Ahead of UEFA’s executive committee meeting on Wednesday, leaders of the Russian Football Union (RFU) were scheduled to hold talks with officials from European football’s governing body.
Russian state media said Russian Football Union officials wanted to use the meeting to discuss the return of clubs and national teams to international tournaments.
But it is understood there is no immediate prospect of UEFA allowing Russian teams to return while the war launched by Vladimir Putin continues.
UEFA wants to discuss the general state of Russian football and the situation in the country – preparing for when teams can return to competition if the war ends.
UEFA – with FIFA – Russian teams were suspended last February. Until further notice, within days of launching a full-scale attack on Ukraine.
The decisions were upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July after appeals were lodged by the RFU and clubs.
This meant Russia was banned from qualifying for the men’s World Cup and from last year’s women’s European Championship.
Russia has also been barred from qualifying for the men’s 2024 European Championships.
The RFU did not respond to an email seeking comment, while UEFA declined to comment.
UEFA needs a new host for its Super Cup match in August, which will see Kazan lose the prestigious game. This follows the men’s Champions League final which was taken from St Petersburg last year.
Russia, which hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has raised the possibility of leaving European football and trying to join the Asian Football Confederation.
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