The football Federation of Ukraine commented on the situation with the opening of disciplinary proceedings on the first two matches for team Ukraine in UEFA Euro 2020 against Portugal and Luxembourg. The production opened for a naturalized player Junior Moraes.
The production was commented on by the General Secretary of the football Federation of Ukraine Yury Zapesotsky.
“Football Federation of Portugal and Luxembourg, in particular the Disciplinary code, UEFA submitted to UEFA protests against the possible misuse of participation in the qualifying matches of Euro-2020 the Ukrainian national team player Junior Moraes.
In accordance with prescribed procedures, the Committee on ethics and disciplinary matters, UEFA has opened two disciplinary proceedings, and provided UFF the time to explain its legal position in this matter. The decision by results of consideration of protests will be taken at the next meeting of the Committee, date of which will be determined later.
I want to emphasize that during the consideration of the question of inviting Junior Moraes to the national team of Ukraine for training and participation in matches against Portugal and Luxembourg, we analyzed the situation with citizenship players in Ukraine. Also, consultations were held with experts from UEFA and FIFA, which confirmed the validity of the invitation Moraes in the national team of Ukraine.
Therefore, we ask the fans to remain calm pending a final decision by UEFA. I am sure that the Committee on ethics and disciplinary matters of the League, after reviewing the arguments of the FFU in this matter, upheld the results of the first two matches of the Ukrainian team in the UEFA Euro-2020″ – quoted Zapisannogo the website of the FFU.
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 living on the territory of Ukraine continuously 5 years. Later this idea decide to use and of the football Federation of Luxembourg.
The protest was filed within the Control, ethics and disciplinary body UEFA, said on the organization’s website. It was on one of the next meetings will address this issue. However, his date is still unknown.
Junior 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
already in injury time.
Moraes moved to Metalurh Donetsk in the summer of 2017. And before the winter of 2017 played for the Ukrainian clubs – “metallurg” and “Dynamo”. However, in February 2017, the player was ceded to the Chinese “Tianjin Coinstar”. In China, Moraes spent four months. In the summer of 2017, he returned to Dynamo, and a year later moved to Shakhtar Donetsk.
In this case, all depends on how UEFA will treat the situation “continuously”, subject to four-month weaning Junior Moraes to rent in a Chinese club. Ukraine is threatened with a technical defeat in these matches. So three points will earn teams of Portugal and Luxembourg. The latter will be the leader of the group with six points. The Portuguese will have four points and are in second place. Meanwhile, leader of group B is the national team of Ukraine, scored four points in two games against these teams.
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