Australian soccer teams may find themselves expected to play ones from Russia who are thinking of joining the Asian federation having been banned by UEFA.
Banned Russia looks to Asian football
The suspension of all Russian teams by the European football federation (UEFA) over the country’s invasion of Ukraine has Moscow mulling a bid to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
That could have an impact on the Socceroos and Australian clubs.
“We don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Meanwhile, the AFC is open to accepting us into its midst,” Aleksandr Dyukov, the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said.
Dyukov is due to preside over a historic meeting of the RFU”s executive committee on Tuesday, where officials could decide whether to abandon European football and join the likes of Japan, Syria and Australia in the AFC in a bid to make the 2026 World Cup.