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RFU’s honorary president says protest to FIFA over Ukrainian uniform is legitimate

On June 5, the RFU sent two protests to FIFA over the Ukrainian Football Association’s violations of FIFA rules

MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. The protest that the Russian Football Union has lodged with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) over the map of Crimea shown on the uniform of the Ukrainian team is right and fair the RFU’s honorary president, Vyacheslav Koloskov, told TASS on Sunday.

On June 5, the RFU sent two protests to FIFA over the Ukrainian Football Association’s violations of FIFA rules, namely, the demonstration on the uniform of the national team of Crimea’s map and certain statements by the Ukrainian Association’s representatives.

"This protest is crucial. Since the referendum, Crimea and Sevastopol have been territories of Russia. If a territory of Russia is depicted on the sports equipment of another country, then accordingly, we were obliged to send such a protest," Koloskov said. "This is absolutely fair. Now we will be waiting for a reaction."

On June 1, the Ukrainian national team beat Scotland (3:1) in a semifinal match of the playoff round for the right to contest the 2022 World Cup. On Sunday, it will clash with the Wales team. The uniform of the Ukrainian team shows Crimea as part of Ukraine.

The Russian national team was supposed to play in the semi-finals of the playoff round against Poland, but on February 28, FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) suspended Russian clubs and teams and banned them from participating in international competitions due to the situation in Ukraine. As a result, Poland outplayed Sweden (2:0) to qualify for the World Cup.

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