MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Russia intends to submit bids for hosting the UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) Euro Cups in 2028 and 2032, Rustem Saimanov, a member of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) Executive Board told journalists on Wednesday.
"The RFU plans submitting bids to host the UEFA Euro Cup Championships in 2028 and 2032 and this is not a joke," Saimanov, who is also the director general of Russia’s Rubin football club, said speaking to journalists.
"The life goes on, we are ready and open, we must not be closed for UEFA and FIFA," he continued. "We have already hosted numerous high-level tournaments. We will be bidding and I presume that there is an ample amount of time, the situation will change and we will consider all details thoroughly."
"I cannot say that it may happen in 2028, but highly likely in 2032," Saimanov said. "We have already asked to provide us with relevant documents to study all requirements and will be waiting for them now."
Saimanov also said that the next session of the RFU Executive Board was set for May, however, the sports official failed to come up with the exact date.
"We haven’t yet decided with the date of the [RFU] Executive Board’s meeting; talks were about holding it in May," Saimanov said. "We did not speak about a possible general meeting of the Russian Premier League, but we agreed to meet as much as possible, even via a videoconference mode, because numerous questions remain to be settled."
Leonid Fedun, the owner of Russia’s Spartak Moscow football club, told journalists earlier in the day that the RFU’s membership with FIFA and UEFA might be banned in the future. He said: "A final decision on this issue is still pending and we must wait until what the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] rules in May."
The press service of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) announced on February 28 that the Russian national team and all professional clubs representing the country were barred from taking part in FIFA and UEFA tournaments.
On February 28, the FIFA press office announced that: "These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters." The press service added that the suspension is linked to the current situation in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine in order to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years."
The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories and the operation was aimed at demilitarizing and denazifying Ukraine.
When clarifying the developments unfolding, the Russian Defense Ministry reassured that Russian troops are not targeting Ukrainian cities, but are limited to surgically striking and incapacitating Ukrainian military infrastructure. There are no threats whatsoever to the civilian population.