MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. The Football Union of Russia (FUR) continues its communication with the International Football Association (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), despite the imposed sanctions, FUR President Alexander Dyukov told reporters Wednesday.
Russian clubs and national teams were suspended from FIFA and EUFA competitions over the situation in Ukraine.
"As for contacts, we preserve the dialogue. If we talk about the decisions made in late February, we continue working on two directions: work in the legal field, we’ve filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The decision that was made [the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation to suspend Russian athletes from international competitions - TASS] was supported by both FIFA and UEFA. In order to continue our work, we need to obtain the full text of the decision; it is quite possible that we will then go to the Supreme Court of Switzerland. These decisions are politicized, but we must continue our work regardless," Dyukov said.
According to the official, the Russian Football Union continues its cooperation on football development programs, and receives funds from both FIFA and UEFA.
"This provides us with a certain possibility to continue our dialogue, but the important question that we must discuss is cancellation of the February decision. FIFA and UEFA know our position, and we know theirs, and the continuation of our dialogue will possibly lead to a change of their decision. It is unknown how long that would take, but the decision made by the IBA [the International Boxing Association - TASS] proves that changes are possible," Dyukov noted.
On Wednesday, IBA announced that Russian and Belarusian boxers will be allowed to compete under their national flags and anthems.