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Aftermath Of The Invasion Of Ukraine: Poland, Sweden And Czech Republic Take Stand Against Russia

Written By Onyeka Daniel

The story dominating the headlines world wide right now is the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and many world leaders and prominent people have been unequivocal in condemning the act.

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While it’s not sport related, the impact has spread to the world of sports already with the male and female league suspended in Ukraine. It could also affect Russia’s participation in the World Cup billed to hold later this year in Qatar.


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According to a joint statement from the Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden federations, which are the ones that will or may play in Moscow, they have issued a joint statement announcing that they are not willing to risk stepping on Russian territory at the key stage of the playoffs.

“Based on the current alarming development in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, including the security situation, the Football Associations of Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic express their firm position that the playoff matches to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scheduled for 24 and 29 March 2022, should not be played in the territory of the Russian Federation,” the statement read.

“The signatories to this appeal do not consider travelling to Russia and playing football matches there. The military escalation that we are observing entails serious consequences and considerably lower safety for our national football teams and official delegations.”

The match already scheduled to take place in Moscow is on the 24th of March, between Russia and Poland. If Russia should get past Poland, the schedule indicates that they would host, also in Moscow, the winner of the Czech Republic-Sweden match on March 29.

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The world governing body for football, FIFA had also condemned the invasion in strong terms, asking Russia to embrace peace but they’re yet to take any action against them or imposed any sanction.

“FIFA condemns the use of force by Russia in Ukraine and any type of violence to resolve conflicts. Violence is never a solution and FIFA calls on all parties to restore peace through constructive dialogue,” FIFA said.

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“FIFA also continues to express our solidarity to the people affected by this conflict. Regarding football matters in both Ukraine and Russia, FIFA will continue to monitor the situation and updates in relation to the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”

Russia, who failed to nail a direct qualification to the World Cup tournament are set to take part in the European playoffs but with the recent developments, their participation is now in doubt.

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