The president of the reigning world football champions federation made the suggestion on Sunday
The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has hinted that Russia could be excluded from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November and December following the military operation in Ukraine.
Russia are currently set to face Poland in Moscow on March 24 in a one-game qualifying semi-final. The winner will host the Czech Republic or Sweden five days later.
The three countries have announced that they will boycott planned or potential clashes with Russia.
FFF president Noel Le Graet has said he would not object to the 2018 World Cup hosts being denied a place in the competition.
“The world of sport, and especially football, cannot remain neutral. I certainly wouldn’t oppose Russia’s expulsion,” he added. Le Graet told Le Parisien via France24 on Sunday.
“In these dramatic circumstances, how can we consider playing football against this country?
Twenty years after their first victory at France 98, the Blues won their first World Cup title on foreign soil in Russia in a 2018 tournament that was highly praised for its organization, the treatment of fans and the level game leading to victory for Didier Deschamp’s side over Croatia, which prevented Russia from automatically qualifying for the finals with a late goal in a decisive group stage qualifier in Zagreb.
France are the first national association to explicitly say that Russia should not be allowed to participate in the World Cup, with a report also claiming that FIFA is facing pressure from authorities in other countries, including the English FA .
FIFA has yet to comment on developments over the weekend after responding to an initial letter from Russia’s three qualifying rivals pledging to provide an update on the World Cup qualifiers. “soon”.
“We can make decisions immediately, whenever necessary,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino insisted.
Following an extraordinary general meeting on Friday, UEFA ordered the move of the Champions League final in May from Saint Petersburg to Paris and ordered Russian clubs and the national team to play matches at home in its competitions on neutral sites.
UEFA are also considering ending their deal with Russian gas company Gazprom, which was renewed last year until 2024, according to France24, which said the deal was worth $45m a year. .