Ukraine could be banned from playing football by FIFA

The Football Union of Ukraine (UAF) has been warned by FIFA and UEFA that they could face an international ban.

They are planning a meeting where they want to replace current UAF president Andriy Pavelko with 46-year-old Andriy Shevchenko, widely regarded as the country’s greatest player of all time.

Shevchenko scored 48 goals in 111 caps for Ukraine in a glittering career that included spells for AC Milan and Chelsea.

UAF Vice President Oleg Protasov revealed on his Facebook page that football’s governing bodies issued the threat.

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Ukraine could be banned from international football by FIFA and UEFA. Scotland’s defender Aaron Hickey (L) and Ukraine’s defender Vitaliy Mikolenko vie for the ball during the UEFA Nations League Group 1 football match between Ukraine and Scotland on September 27, 2022 in Krakow, Poland
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The UAF is planning a virtual Extraordinary Committee meeting to discuss replacing Pavelko after he was arrested last month for alleged misuse of international aid funds.

FIFA and UEFA have expressed their concern about the possible pressure exerted on some members of the UAF ahead of the meeting.

There are fears that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) could be involved and it has been claimed that it is a Russian conspiracy to “kill Ukrainian football”.

Protasov wrote in his Facebook post: “FIFA and UEFA, in a letter to the UAF vice-presidents, reminded that the Ukrainian federation should conduct its affairs without third-party influence.

“Any breach of this obligation may result in the UAF’s membership of FIFA and UEFA being suspended in accordance with Article 16 of the FIFA Statutes and Article 9 of the UEFA Statutes.”

Protasov continued: “I would like to remind you that previously all members of the [UFA] An action plan was sent to the Executive Committee to convene and hold a virtual Executive Committee of the UAF on distrust and dismissal of the leadership of the Ukrainian association.

“Before that, six heads of regional football associations drafted minutes to convene the UAF Congress in the offices of heads of regional military administrations and under the watchful eye of the SBU.

“Today I received new information, it turns out that before the authorities fully intervene in football matters, the Ministry of Justice will be involved.”

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Rick Schindler

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