MOSCOW (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 10, 2022) European football’s governing body UEFA has nothing against the national teams of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russia playing a friendly match, Bosnian media said on Friday quoting his legal office.
The Union of European Football Associations and world football authority FIFA have suspended all Russian teams from UEFA and FIFA competitions over the conflict in Ukraine until further notice.
Bosnian news site Faktor said it had obtained a written response from Yann Hafner, a regulatory expert in UEFA’s legal affairs division, who said friendlies were outside UEFA’s jurisdiction.
The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina will receive around 200,000 euros ($200,800) for the match, in addition to travel and accommodation costs, Bosnian daily Dnevni avaz reported.
The director of the association’s board of directors, Azmir Husic, told Bosnian sports website SportSport that he would do everything possible to have the friendly match with Russia cancelled.
“I have already contacted some members of the executive committee and I’m sure I’ll convince my colleagues that we don’t need a game with Russia right now,” he said.
The Russian Football Union said the game against the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team would take place in Saint Petersburg on November 19. Russia also have friendlies scheduled with Kyrgyzstan on September 24 as well as with Iran at a later date.