One step closer to reinstatement. According to the general secretary of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Maxim Mitrofanov, UEFA has given the green light for the establishment of a working group on the return of Russian teams to European competitions. The idea was suggested by the RFU after it abandoned plans to leave UEFA and join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). According to Maxim Mitrofanov, it has been approved. The Russian leader told RIA Novosti that the working group will be set up in the coming days to work on a potential roadmap for lifting the suspensions imposed on Russian clubs and national teams since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. We expect UEFA to form a working group this week,” explained Maxim Mitrofanov. We are still waiting to know who will join it. The idea will be to consult all parties involved, so everyone can make proposals.” RFU president Alexander Dyukov recently suggested that the UEFA working group could be open to representatives from FIFA and the IOC.
— Published 11 January 2023