Leeuwinnen national coach Parsons: ‘I also want to know what happens with duels with Belarus and Russia’ | Dutch football

National coach Mark Parsons is disappointed with the uncertainty surrounding the Orange Women’s World Cup qualifier against Belarus and the European Championship group stage match with Russia. “I hope UEFA will make a sensible decision.”

With regard to the Lionesses, the question remains about what will happen to the World Cup qualifier against Belarus. The KNVB refuses to play against Russia and Belarus, where UEFA has only excluded Russia from international football. For example, Belarus today played ‘normally’ against Iceland in the World Cup qualifiers, albeit at a neutral site in Belgrade, Serbia. There, Iceland won 0-5.

The KNVB is sticking to its position and is “in constructive consultation with UEFA”. But the European Football Association is silent. UEFA’s media department told this site it is waiting for ‘internal feedback’. The Orange Women have not been heard in the statement and will have to wait and see their fate, national coach Mark Parsons also knows.


If we win all the matches we play, I assume we will go to the World Cup

Lineth Beerensteyn

,,I think the situation at the moment is such that the match has been postponed’, says the Englishman. ,,The KNVB has made a clear statement and I rely on good communication between the association and UEFA, who we now have to wait for. I hope UEFA makes a sensible decision. But it should be clear that I also want to know what will happen, just like I would like to know whether or not we play against Russia at the European Championship. And if not, against whom? It’s crazy times and of course there are bigger things, but I’m about football.”

It is not the first strange situation since Parsons has been national coach. ,,More unpleasant things have happened since I became a trainer here”, he refers, among other things, to one of his first international matches, which he partly had to miss due to a missed flight. “We have to be flexible and ready for whatever comes. Although it is of course frustrating that we did not know for so long who we would play against (the KNVB arranged a replacement practice match against South Africa for next Tuesday, ed.). We need to focus on what we do have control over.”

Lineth Beerensteyn. © ANP

Player Lineth Beerensteyn kept herself quiet about the situation in the press conference, but is in any case not worried that the Orange women will miss the 2023 World Cup. Even if UEFA, in a worst-case scenario, would decide to a regulatory defeat for the Orange and thus put the Parsons team in a difficult position in the World Cup qualifier. “I don’t expect to miss the World Cup. If we win all the games we play, I assume we’ll go to the World Cup.”

On Friday (8:45 p.m.), the Orange Women will play against low-flying Cyprus, which has one point and has already collected thirty goals in six qualifying matches. Parsons logically expects a one-sided duel in Groningen, where Lyonnais midfielder Damaris Egurrola – who recently opted for Orange – can make his debut in the city where her Dutch family lives. “I would rather have played against a stronger opponent towards the European Championship, but we have to respect Cyprus,” said Parsons.

UEFA: Russian World Cup participation lies with CAS
UEFA has suspended Russia from all international football tournaments because of the war in Ukraine. “The matter is before the international sports tribunal CAS,” said chairman Aleksander Ceferin after a board meeting in Nyon. “This topic was not on our agenda right now. We expect to receive more information in the short term, because we also know that the European Championship is soon.”

The Russian Football Association had appealed the suspension to the CAS, but the international sports tribunal ruled a few weeks ago that both UEFA and the FIFA global federation’s measures remain in force.