Ukraine risks UEFA, FIFA ban
Updated: Dec 20, 2022
The Ukrainian Football Association (UAF) has been warned by FIFA and UEFA that they could face an international suspension.
They are planning a meeting in which they want to replace the current UAF President Andriy Pavelko with 46-year-old Andriy Shevchenko, who is generally regarded as the country's greatest-ever player.
Shevchenko scored 48 goals in 111 international appearances for Ukraine during his illustrious career, which saw him play for AC Milan and Chelsea among others.
UAF Vice-President Oleg Protasov revealed on his Facebook page that both UEFA and FIFA had made the threat.
The UAF is planning a virtual Extraordinary Committee meeting to discuss replacing Pavelko after he was arrested last month for allegedly misusing international aid funds.
FIFA and UEFA have expressed concern about the possible pressure exerted on some members of the UAF before the meeting.
There are fears that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) could be involved and there have been allegations that it is a Russian plot to "kill Ukrainian football."