The control and disciplinary Committee of UEFA has made decision to participate naturalized Brazilian Junior Moraes for the national team of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian team was able to obtain two technical defeats in matches of UEFA Euro 2020 against Portugal and Luxembourg due to participation in Junior Moraes. However, UEFA did not see a violation from the Ukrainian side. This was stated by the President of the football Federation of Ukraine Andriy Pavelko.
“The control and disciplinary body UEFA confirmed the legitimacy of the performances of Junior Moraes for the national team of Ukraine in the matches against Portugal and Luxembourg,” – said in the message of Andrew Pavelko.
The scandal regarding naturalization Junior MoraesJunior Moraes received Ukrainian citizenship on March 15. However, this became known only on March 18. And already on March 19 Junior Moraes received a call in the camp of the national team. He played in two qualifiers on 22 and 25 March. In the first Ukraine played out a draw with Portugal. In the second, the Ukrainians won in Monaco thanks to an own goal in injury time
Football Federation of Portugal and Luxembourg challenged the participation of Junior Moraes in matches for the national team of Ukraine. First, a technical defeat because the participation of Moraes in the match demanded Portugal. Local newspaper indicated that the player has not fulfilled one of the necessary conditions for citizenship – residence in the territory of Ukraine continuously 5 years. Later this idea decide to use and of the football Federation of Luxembourg. Therefore, the case was transferred to the Control and disciplinary Committee of UEFA. If it upheld the complaint, the Ukraine would threaten two technical loss for those games.