Aleksandar Vucic has promised Russian teams the “best conditions” if they move matches to Serbia
Russian football and basketball teams would get “the best conditions” if they move matches to Serbia due to rules introduced by governing bodies such as UEFA and FIFA, the country’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, has said.
Sports directors are under pressure to stop teams from hosting matches in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, which resulted in Champions League organizers UEFA moving the final of the competition from St. Petersburg. Petersburg to Paris.
Following a crisis meeting, UEFA announced on Friday that Russian and Ukrainian teams will have to play home matches in neutral territory for the foreseeable future.
Russia’s opponents in the play – off semi-final in Russia, Poland, who will visit Moscow for the crunch on March 24, have appealed to the governing bodies to change seats for the match.
The Polish Football Federation signed its letter with football authorities in Sweden and the Czech Republic, which will play a semi-final at the same time to decide who will travel to Russia for a final match to decide which nation will make it to the final in Qatar in November and December. .
There have been calls for the Euroleague basketball team to boycott matches against Russia, and the Dutch Basketball Association has even abandoned a World Cup qualifier against Russia 2023 which was planned for Almere on Sunday.
“Clubs from some countries do not want to go to Moscow, Novgorod, Krasnodar, Cuba and other cities,” Vucic said via Blic when asked about the offer to host matches with Russian teams.
“I really do not know [whether] there is someone’s initiative, FIBA [International Basketball Federation] or UEFA, [to do this].
“If everyone agrees, we are good hosts and if we can help solve some problems, we have no problem with that.
“We offered them the best conditions and we would guarantee the safety of both formal hosts and guests.
“Serbia has always been a good host and we [would] never get involved in such things … [if] someone asks us to be hosts … we would accept that but we never push ourselves in that [matters] because we only know how small we are and that these are issues for the great powers. “
Russia have a remaining team in UEFA’s club competitions after Zenit St. Petersburg Petersburg was controversially knocked out of the Europa League at Spanish Real Betis on Thursday.
Spartak Moscow will face German RB Leipzig in a two-legged match in the Europa League in March.