As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, FIFA is the latest sports governing body to announce action against Russia.
In accordance with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee, FIFA announced on Sunday that no international competitions would be played on Russian territory, with home matches taking place at neutral venues and without spectators; the team will participate under the name “Football Union of Russia” (RFU) and not Russia; and the Russian flag will not be displayed and the anthem will not be played during competitions.
FIFA said the measures were applicable until further notice and were decided unanimously by the organisation’s president and six confederation presidents.
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“Above all, FIFA wishes to reiterate its condemnation of Russia’s use of force in its invasion of Ukraine,” FIFA said in a statement. “Violence is never a solution and FIFA expresses its deepest solidarity with all those affected by what is happening in Ukraine.
“FIFA again calls for the urgent restoration of peace and the immediate initiation of a constructive dialogue. 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.”
FIFA said it would continue its dialogue with the IOC, UEFA and other sports governing bodies to discuss any further measures or sanctions “including possible exclusion from competitions, which will be applied in the near future if the situation is not improving quickly.”
The football associations of Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic have already announced that they will not play the Russian delegation in the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup which will take place next month.
On Thursday, UEFA announced it would move the prestigious Champions League final from St Petersburg, Russia to France.
The World Cup is set to take place at the end of this year in Qatar, from November 21 to December 17. The last World Cup, in 2018, was held in Russia.