FIFA have been urged to provide players with a way out of the Russian Premier League
Russian football could be set for the departure of a host of foreign players amid calls for FIFA to reopen the transfer window to allow stars out of the country if they wish.
The Polish Football Association, which has criticized Russian football infrastructure since the start of Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine, has reportedly called on FIFA to provide a pathway for players, especially those born outside Russia, to leave the country as it faces. economic sanctions.
The Polish FA had previously announced their refusal to play a World Cup qualifier against Russia in Moscow later this month – a stance which was joined by several other countries before Russia was listed black by FIFA and UEFA earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Russian clubs have faced a series of departures of foreign players and coaches in recent days.
Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy has secured his release from Zenit Saint Petersburg, while German coaches Daniel Farke and Markus Gisdol have left their posts at Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively.
Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak has reportedly asked to leave Krasnodar, where eight foreign stars have had their contracts suspended.
Speaking on Thursday, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he was unsure what needed to be done for the ban on Russian football to be lifted.
“For now he remains and we wait for peace to come,he said at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit.
“Football will probably be the least important thing.
“I am proud of the football family we have brought together to do our part. The football part. It’s really hard to say what will happen tomorrow but this war should stop, this madness should stop.”
Russia has been banned from participating in international and European club competitions in recent days, as well as being stripped of hosting rights for the 2022 Champions League final in St Petersburg.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) has announced its intention to appeal the bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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