FIFA has announced that Russia will be banned from playing matches in its own country, without spectators and without their national anthem or flag.
The Football Association has also announced that England will not play them in any competitive or friendly matches for the foreseeable future.
The move follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, which was widely condemned.
In sport, numerous governing bodies have imposed actions on the nation, with UEFA stripping the country of the Champions League final and Formula 1 declaring it will not race in Sochi this season.
The national teams have also done the same with the Czech Republic and Sweden, following the case of Poland in refusing to play against Russia.
FIFA’s statement reads: “Above all, FIFA wishes to reiterate its condemnation of Russia’s use of force 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.
“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 are calling for assistance to leave the country as long as the current conflict persists.
“To address football-related issues and in coordination with UEFA, the Bureau of the FIFA Council – involving the FIFA President and the six confederation presidents – has unanimously decided to take the first immediate steps, in accordance with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and which will be applicable until further notice:
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“No international competition will be played on the territory of Russia, the “home” matches being played on neutral territory and without spectators.
“The member association representing Russia will participate in any competition under the name ‘Football Union of Russia (RFU)’ and not ‘Russia’.
“No flag or anthem of Russia will be used in matches involving teams of the Russian Football Union.
“FIFA will continue its ongoing dialogue with the IOC, UEFA and other sports organizations to determine any additional measures or sanctions, including possible exclusion from competitions, which will be applied in the near future if the situation does not improve. not quickly. The Bureau of the FIFA Council remains ready to take any of these decisions.
“Above all, FIFA firmly believes that the sports movement must be united in its decisions on this matter and that sport must continue to be a vector of peace and hope.
“With regard to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, FIFA has taken careful note of the positions expressed via social media by the Polish Football Association, the Football Association of the Czech Republic and the Swedish Football Association and has already entered into a dialogue with all of these football associations. FIFA will remain in close contact to jointly seek appropriate and acceptable solutions.
“FIFA’s thoughts are with everyone affected by this shocking and worrying situation.”
Meanwhile, the FA have said England will not face Russia at any level for the foreseeable future.
The FA statement read: “In solidarity with Ukraine and to unreservedly condemn the atrocities committed by the Russian leadership, The FA can confirm that we will not play Russia in any international matches for the foreseeable future.
“This includes any potential match at any level of senior, age group or para football.”
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