Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic say they will not perform Environment Cup qualifiers in Russia

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The Sweden, Poland and Czech Republic soccer federations introduced in a joint assertion that they will “not consider traveling to Russia” for the Earth Cup qualifiers amid Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday.

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Children stand next to the official countdown clock showing remaining time until the kickoff of the World Cup 2022, in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2021.

Kids stand subsequent to the formal countdown clock demonstrating remaining time until finally the kickoff of the Environment Cup 2022, in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2021.
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“Based on the current alarming progress in the conflict among Russia and Ukraine, together with the safety problem, the Football Associations of Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic convey their agency posture that the playoff matches to qualify for the 2022 FIFA Environment Cup in Qatar, scheduled for 24 and 29 March 2022, ought to not be performed in the territory of the Russian Federation,” the statement browse.

Russia and Poland are set to sq. off in Moscow on March 24 under UEFA’s new Entire world Cup qualifying playoff structure, which options 3 4-workforce brackets for the continent’s remaining three Environment Cup berths in Qatar later this year.

The winner of the Russia-Poland activity will take on the winner of the Czech Republic and Sweden for a bid to the Globe Cup. If Russia defeats Poland, the match against the Czech Republic or Sweden would also acquire put in Moscow.


Poland's Robert Lewandowski waves to the fans after beating Albania, 1-0, in the World Cup 2022 group I qualifying soccer match in Tirana, Albania, on Oct. 12, 2021.

Poland’s Robert Lewandowski waves to the enthusiasts right after beating Albania, 1-, in the Entire world Cup 2022 group I qualifying soccer match in Tirana, Albania, on Oct. 12, 2021.
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“The signatories to this enchantment do not take into account touring to Russia and participating in football matches there. The military services escalation that we are observing entails significant repercussions and noticeably lower security for our countrywide football teams and official delegations,” the assertion continued.

The federations also identified as for FIFA and UEFA “to present substitute remedies regarding places where by these approaching playoff matches could be performed.”

FIFA set out a assertion stating that it “condemns the use of pressure by Russia in Ukraine and any form of violence to take care of conflicts. Violence is in no way a answer and FIFA phone calls on all get-togethers to restore peace by means of constructive dialogue.”

Russia's Fedor Smolov during the World Cup 2022 group H qualifying soccer match between Cyprus and Russia in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Sept. 4, 2021. 

Russia’s Fedor Smolov throughout the World Cup 2022 group H qualifying soccer match among Cyprus and Russia in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Sept. 4, 2021. 
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“FIFA also proceeds to specific our solidarity to the people impacted by this conflict,” the assertion ongoing. “Relating to soccer matters in equally Ukraine and Russia, FIFA will proceed to check the problem and updates in relation to the future FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers will be communicated in due class.”

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Ukraine will consider on Scotland in an elimination Earth Cup playoff match on March 24. The winner of that activity will facial area the winner of Wales and Austria. The two game titles for Ukraine would be absent from their country.

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