The International Football Association “FIFA” decided to impose isolation on Russia and its representatives in international competitions due to the war on Ukraine, and depriving its teams from playing on its soil in various competitions, most notably the World Cup qualifiers for the first team
And FIFA issued an official statement (Sunday) in which it decided that no international competition would be held on the territory of Russia due to the war on Ukraine, and that its matches would be held on neutral ground and without an audience.
In its statement, FIFA confirmed that Russia or any team it represents will not participate in any international competition under the name of the country, but will participate under the name of the “Football Federation of Russia”, while preventing the playing of the national anthem of Russia in matches.
The text of a FIFA statement read: “First of all, FIFA would like to reiterate its condemnation of the use of force by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. Violence is never a solution. FIFA expresses its deepest solidarity with all the people affected by what is happening in Ukraine.”
“FIFA once again calls for the urgent restoration of peace and the immediate start of a constructive dialogue. FIFA remains in close contact with the Ukrainian Football Federation and members of the Ukrainian football community who are requesting support to leave the country as long as the current conflict continues,” the statement added.
He continued: “To address matters relating to football and in coordination with the European Union, the Bureau of the FIFA Council – which includes the FIFA President and the six Presidents of the Federation – unanimously decided to take immediate preliminary measures, in line with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and this will be in effect until further notice.”
No international competition will be played on the territory of Russia, as “domestic” matches will be played on neutral ground and without an audience.
– A member association representing Russia must participate in any competition under the name “Russian Football Federation (RFU)” and not “Russia”.
– The flag or anthem of Russia will not be used in matches involving teams from the Russian Football Association.
He noted: “FIFA will continue its ongoing dialogue with the International Olympic Committee, 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 rapidly. I stand ready to make any of these decisions.”
“Most importantly, FIFA strongly believes in the need to unite the sports movement in its decisions on this subject and that sport must continue to be a vector of peace and hope.”
He continued: “With regard to the qualifications for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has taken good note of the positions expressed by the Polish Football Association, the Football Association of the Czech Republic and the Swedish Football Association via social media and has already engaged in dialogue with all, the football associations. This football, FIFA will remain in close contact to search for appropriate and acceptable solutions together.”
He concluded: “FIFA announces its solidarity with all those affected by this shocking and alarming situation.”