Russia launches rival bid to host Euro 2028 or 2032 amid Ukraine invasion
Russia launches bid to host 2028 European Championship in challenge to British Isles entry or Italy for 2032, despite suspension of its teams from international competitions due to war in Ukraine .
A meeting of the executive committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU) decided on Wednesday to “support the decision to declare interest” in the 2028 and 2032 tournaments, the organization said in a statement ahead of the deadline for submitting entries. expressions of interest to UEFA. .
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It was unclear when the bid would be submitted or whether the country would specify whether it preferred to host in 2028 or 2032.
“We are going to submit an offer for the organization of the 2028 and 2032 European Championships,” RFU board member Sergei Anokhin told Match TV.
Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup and the venue for the final, Luzhniki Stadium, was used last week for a rally in support of President Vladimir Putin.
“We are sending the statement today,” Dyukov said. “We assume that Russia is already ready to host large-scale competitions. We have the experience.”
Russia’s unlikely plan is sure to be met with fierce opposition. Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic independently announced that they would refuse to play Russia in World Cup qualifiers, even on neutral territory, ahead of FIFA’s decision to suspend Russia.
UEFA will provide tournament requirements to applicants next Wednesday and then confirm their applications on April 5. The deadline for submitting final bid files is no earlier than April 2023, with a decision by the UEFA executive committee in September 2023.
“We reserve the right to make an offer,” Dyukov said. “This option costs nothing. And you can’t refuse it, if it’s not expensive.”
The British Isles bid is led by England and also includes Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.