Russian soccer fall under FIFA sanctions

Updated: 09 March 2022

A meeting was held at the FIFA headquarters to discuss measures against the Russian national team in connection with the armed conflict in Ukraine.

FIFA executives condemned Russia’s actions in the conflict, called for the urgent restoration of peace, and imposed a number of sanctions concerning soccer teams representing Russia in the international arena, according to the organization’s official website.

After consultations with the International Olympic Committee, FIFA unanimously adopted the following decisions:

– No international matches will be played on Russian territory – home matches of clubs and national teams will be played on neutral fields without spectators;

– Those representing the country in tournaments will act under the name of the Russian Football Union (RFU) and not Russia;

– The use of Russia’s symbols – the flag and anthem – during matches is prohibited.

Thus, at present FIFA has not expelled the Russian national team from the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup. However, the organization stressed that if the conflict is not resolved soon, it is very likely to toughen sanctions against Russian soccer.

Russian national team in the knockout rounds should meet first with the Polish national team, and then with the winner of the pair Sweden – Czech Republic. Soccer executives in Poland and Sweden expressed disagreement with FIFA’s decision and still refuse to play against Russia.

Photo: Official FIFA website

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Aleksandr Markov
Sports journalist, I am writing about hockey and football.