FIFA: Ban matches in Russia, No Flag or National Anthem for team
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FIFA has ordered Russia to complete their upcoming matches without their flag, anthem and as the Football Union of Russia in neutral territory, following the invasion of Ukraine.
Several nations have announced that they will refuse to play Russia, including England, as well as Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden.
World Cup play-offs would see Russia face Poland then either the Czech Republic or Sweden if they win – and are due to be played in March.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military invasion of neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday.
FIFA said talks will take place with other sporting organisations over whether Russia should be expelled from competitions.
“FIFA would like to reiterate its condemnation of the use of force by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine,” world football’s governing body said in a statement on Sunday.
“Violence is never a solution and FIFA expresses its deepest solidarity to all people affected by what is happening in Ukraine.”