The Scottish Football Association “SFA” confirmed that its team will not play against Russia “at any level” as long as the current conditions continue against the background of the ongoing political events in Ukraine.
Scotland joins the unions of England and Wales, which have also expressed their support for the Ukrainian state and their rejection of the war in Ukraine from the Russian forces.
Scotland will play Ukraine in the semi-finals of the European qualifying round for the World Cup in Qatar on March 24, while the women’s teams will meet on April 8 in one of the World Cup qualifiers.
“This would be our position for any party at the international level, as President of the Ukrainian Federation Ruud Petri wrote to his counterpart in the Ukrainian Federation to send a message of support, friendship and unity,” the federation said in a statement.
In a related context, the European Football Association “UEFA” is studying the exclusion of the Spartak Moscow team from the European League due to the Russian war on Ukraine.
According to the German newspaper “Bild”, UEFA plans to exclude the Russian team Spartak Moscow from the Euroleague this season, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian military operations, which were announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukrainian soil, have been ongoing since last Thursday, as they entered their fifth consecutive day on Monday, with the attempts of the UN Security Council to calm the situation and cease fire operations.
It is expected that Spartak Moscow will face its German counterpart Leipzig on March 10 and 17 in the two rounds, but UEFA’s decision to study the exclusion of the Russian team will make the German team qualify directly for the quarter-finals.