The European Football Union (UEFA) has returned Russian teams in the U-17 age category to the international arena.

This was reported on the official website of UEFA.

The UEFA Executive Committee has decided that Russian teams of underage players (both boys and girls) will be allowed to compete this season, even if the draw took place earlier.

All matches of the Russian teams will be held abroad. They will participate in a neutral status, without the country's flag, anthem and national playing uniforms.

Also, the UEFA Executive Committee again condemned the invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine and confirmed that other clubs and national teams of the Russian Federation will be suspended until the end of the war in Ukraine.

Russia's suspension from international football: what is known

In response to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, UEFA and FIFA suspendedRussian clubs and national teams from participating in tournaments under their auspices.

Russian clubs were expelled from European competitions, and the Russian national team was excluded from the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup and not allowed to qualify for Euro-2024.

Since February 24, 2022, the Russian national team has played only friendly matches. The rivals of the national team of the terrorist country were Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt U-23 and Qatar.

In addition, officials from the aggressor country were not allowed to work at international matches. However, in September 2023, UEFA appointed a Russian team of referees led by Vera Opeykina for the Women's League of Nations match between the national teams of Armenia and Kazakhstan.

After that, the Ukrainian Football Association (UAF) protested to UEFA and called for not allowing representatives of the terrorist state into the international arena.

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