FIFA announced on Sunday that Russia must play all future international matches at neutral venues under the name ‘Russian Football Union’, as part of an initial sanctions list due to the invasion of Russia. Ukraine by country.
“Above all, FIFA wishes to reiterate its condemnation of the use of force by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. Violence is never a solution and FIFA expresses its deepest solidarity with all those affected. by what is happening in Ukraine,” world football’s governing body said in a statement.
“FIFA calls again for the urgent restoration of peace and the immediate initiation of a constructive dialogue,” the statement continued. “FIFA remains in close contact with the Ukrainian Football Association and members of the Ukrainian football community who have requested assistance to leave the country as long as the current conflict persists.
In coordination with UEFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided that all of Russia’s home matches in international competitions should be played on neutral ground and without spectators.
The member association representing Russia must also play all international competitions under the name “Football Union of Russia (RFU)” without a permitted Russian flag or anthem.
Although the initial sanctions list does not completely ban Russia, FIFA said in the statement that it “will continue its ongoing dialogue with the IOC, UEFA and other sports organizations to determine any additional measures or sanctions. , including a possible exclusion from competitions, which will be applied in the near future if the situation does not improve soon.”
The Bureau of the FIFA Council “remains ready to take either of these decisions”, the statement said.
FIFA also acknowledged that it is in contact with the Polish Football Association, the Football Association of the Czech Republic and the Swedish Football Association to find appropriate and acceptable solutions regarding the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. FIFA 2022.
Russia are currently set to host Poland in a playoff semi-final on March 24. The match is scheduled to take place at the VTB Arena in Moscow. The winner of the Poland-Russia match will host either Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 in the final of their World Cup qualifying run.
In response to FIFA’s sanctions against Russia, Cezary Kulesza, president of the Polish Football Association, issued a statement calling FIFA’s decision “completely unacceptable”.
“We are not interested in participating in this game of appearances. Our position remains intact: the Polish national team will NOT PLAY with Russia, regardless of the name of the team.”
Along with Poland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and England have all said they will not face Russia in any of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers next month.