Last Updated: February 02, 2023, 00:35 IST
Saudi Arabia wouldn’t object to Russia becoming a member of the Asian Football Confederation, its sports activities minister advised AFP on Wednesday, as Russian officers seek for methods to return to worldwide competitors.
Russian officers dangled the potential for a transfer to Asia in December, following Russia’s ban from worldwide competitors by European physique UEFA over the invasion of Ukraine.
Although the Russian Football Union later referred to as for a working group on resuming ties with UEFA, Russian Football Union chief Alexander Dyukov didn’t rule out in search of AFC membership at a later stage.
Speaking on the AFC Congress in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia’s Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal mentioned he didn’t see an issue with Russia shifting allegiances to Asia.
“If FIFA and the AFC enable it and there’s a profit for Asia then I don’t suppose there’s an issue with that,” he advised AFP.
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.
Last week, Russian and Belarusian athletes — sidelined from most Olympic sports since the invasion — were invited to compete at this year’s postponed Asian Games, scheduled to be held in China.
The International Olympic Committee also said that allowing Russians and Belarusians to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympics should be “further explored”, ignoring a Ukrainian risk to boycott.
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