Czech Republic refuses to play Russia in World Cup qualifiers

Russia is quickly surpassing its opponents in the World Cup qualifiers.

The day after Poland and Sweden said they will refuse to play russia In the knockout match set to determine a World Cup spot, the Czech Republic – the fourth team in their qualifying round – joined them.

“The Czech Republic Executive Committee, the staff and the players of the national team have agreed that it is impossible to play against the Russian national team under the current situation, not even on a neutral venue,” The Czech Federation said in a statement. “We all want the war to end as soon as possible.”

They also said the decision not to compete was unanimous.

FIFA did not say exactly how it plans to resolve the World Cup qualifying situation, but in a statement on Thursday said it hoped for peace in Ukraine.

“Violence is never a solution and FIFA urges all parties to restore peace through constructive dialogue. FIFA also continues to express its solidarity with the people affected by this conflict,” FIFA said. “On football matters in both Ukraine and Russia, FIFA will continue to monitor the situation and updates regarding the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 202 qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”
The Czech Republic’s men’s football team will refuse to play Russia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The sports world has largely united against Russia following its gratuitous invasion of Ukraine. UEFA has moved the Champions League final from St.Petersburg to Paris. Formula 1 has also canceled the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

World Cup qualifying matches are scheduled for late March, lasting about a month to find out where to go. Czech Republic refuses to play Russia in World Cup qualifiers


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