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Ambassador in Qatar comments on Russian football team’s possible transfer to Asian region

"In the Asian region, countries are taking a neutral position. They have not joined the anti-Russian sanctions, with the exception of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand," Dmitry Dogadkin added

DOHA, December 1. /TASS/. An overwhelming majority of countries in the Asian region would react positively to the transfer of Russian clubs and teams to their football confederation, Russia’s ambassador to Qatar, Dmitry Dogadkin, told TASS in an interview on Thursday.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) will consider the issue of joining the Asian Football Confederation at the next meeting of the executive committee.

"I have read about it, but I don't quite understand our end game," said Dogadkin. "We may be able to play in the Asian tournament - not the strongest one, if compared to those in Africa and Latin America, but we still won't get to the World Cup, will we? If only it was possible to get to the next world contest that way, then this would be a solution to the problem. And the national team would be able to play somehow."

"In the Asian region, countries are taking a neutral position. They have not joined the anti-Russian sanctions, with the exception of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. In general, I do not think that there will be a reaction towards Russia similar to the one from the UEFA-affiliated countries," he added.

On February 28, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) barred Russian clubs and teams from participating in international competitions due to the situation around Ukraine. The Russian team was unable to take part in the playoff qualification for the World Cup in Qatar. Nor did the Russian team participate in the draw for the 2024 European Championship.Since the suspension, the Russian national team held an unofficial friendly match with Kyrgyzstan (2-1). In November, Valery Karpin's team played against Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Both matches ended in a scoreless draw. The results of the games were included in the FIFA rankings.