Latvian and Polish national teams will boycott matches against Russian teams in the U-17 age category, which UEFA returned to international competitions the day before.

The Latvian Football Federation and the Polish Football Association have stated that their national teams of all levels will not hold any matches with representatives of the terrorist state due to the war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

"The Latvian Football Federation confirms that Latvian national football teams of all levels will not play against Russian teams, regardless of the venue of such games or the form of representation of Russian athletes. This contradicts the federation's firm position on the war that Russia started in Ukraine, and this position will remain in force until the end of hostilities in Ukraine.

The Federation reaffirms that it is and will be united with Ukraine and Ukrainian colleagues in all subsequent decisions. Also, the Federation fully respects and adheres to the procedures established by Latvian law regarding the holding of such games or restrictions on the admission of such sports teams to the territory of Latvia," the organization said in a statement.

In turn, the President of the Polish Football Union, Cezary Kulesza, expressed surprise at the easing of sanctions against the Russian Federation and called the boycott of matches with the participation of Russian teams the only right decision.

"I was surprised by yesterday's statement by the UEFA Executive Committee. If the Russian national teams are allowed to compete, our national teams will not compete with them. This is the only right decision," Kulesha wrote on his Twitter.

Earlier, England refused to play with the youth national teams of Russia, which UEFA allowed to participate in international competitions.

The Ukrainian Football Association (UAF) also reacted to UEFA's scandalous decision, saying it would boycott all matches with the participation of Russians and called on other associations to do so.

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.

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