Scotland were due to face Ukraine in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Thursday, but the clash has been postponed.
The match was suspended after Ukrainian football authorities asked FIFA in late February to temporarily postpone the match.
This follows Russia’s invasion of the country and FIFA accepted Ukraine’s request to postpone the game.
FIFA is in constant dialogue with the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and given what is happening, the decision makes a lot of sense.
In their place, Scotland will face Poland in a fundraising friendly for Ukraine as they seek to support their World Cup play-off opponents.
The SFA has announced that £10 from every ticket sold for this match will go to UNICEF’s humanitarian response effort.
When will Scotland face Ukraine?
At the moment, there is no set date for this match, but FIFA hopes it can take place at some point in June.
If that were to happen, both countries would have a busy schedule with UEFA Nations League matches scheduled as well.
Given what is happening in Ukraine, it is unclear whether the situation would have improved enough for the national team to play Scotland by June.
If the Ukrainian football authorities ask again to postpone the match, one must wonder when it could be played because the World Cup is fast approaching.
Scotland are also supposed to face Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League in June, so it’s possible they could face them twice in the same month.
Whoever wins between Scotland and Ukraine will face Wales or Austria in the play-off final for the right to participate in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
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Scotland v Ukraine: What was said?
SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “We’ve channeled this all through UEFA. The last thing Ukrainians need is more complications in terms of communication.
“You feel a bit like a fraud and it doesn’t feel right for you to focus too much on the games because first and foremost you want the conflict to stop and everything that’s going on there to stop and that things are returning to some sort of normality, whatever it looks like out there.
“It’s really tricky. We want to play Ukraine, we want to play the winner of Wales-Austria in the final, and we want to qualify for Qatar. That’s the path that’s been charted, that’s what we want to achieve, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure that’s a possibility.
“It’s all hypothetical at the moment and it’s probably inappropriate to go into too much detail because we just don’t know. It’s really about seeing what happens with the conflict over the next few weeks and taking the things from there.
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