English FA confirm stance on potential future meetings with Russia
The English Football Federation have released a statement on sunday, confirming a hard stance against current developments in Russia.
The news of course comes amid a widespread backlash against Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine, stemming from Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops into the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
This comes with both having seen their independence recognised by the Russian president on Monday.
The sporting world, in turn, is just one section of society to have quickly made their disgust with the situation clear, with the English FA, as alluded to above, having made their stance clear late on Sunday evening.
In a post across the association’s social media platforms, it has been confirmed that England will refuse to face off against their Russia counterparts at any level of football ‘for the foreseeable future’:
”Out of solidarity with the Ukraine and to wholeheartedly condemn the atrocities being committed by the Russian leadership, The FA can confirm that we won’t play against Russia in any international fixtures for the foreseeable future. This includes any potential match at any level of senior, age group or para football.”
“The FA can confirm that we won’t play against Russia in any international fixture for the foreseeable future”. pic.twitter.com/WH7MUMsbuM
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) February 27, 2022
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England’s decision of course comes fresh on the back of all of Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden unveiling a similar stance 24 hours ago.
In a series of statements of their own, the trio of nations confirmed that they have no intention of fulfilling their World Cup qualifying commitments against Russia, even if such fixtures are rescheduled in a new location:
Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden, Russia’s opponents in Path B of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, have all confirmed they will refuse to play against the nation, regardless of the location pic.twitter.com/64oVgLg3mR
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) February 27, 2022
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