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FIFA sidesteps decision on Russia hosting 2022 World Cup qualifier

FIFA declared its hope that hostilities in Ukraine would quickly cease after Russia launched an invasion on Thursday.

FIFA refused to make a snap decision on whether Russia will be allowed to host World Cup play-off matches in March but said it is “monitoring the situation”.

Widespread condemnation followed Russia’s full-scale invasion of neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday.

Stats Perform understands that UEFA will confirm on Friday that St Petersburg will no longer host this season’s Champions League final.

In a joint statement, Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, who are in the same qualification pathway as Russia for this year’s World Cup, said they would not consider playing matches in the country.

On March 24, Russia and Poland will face off in Moscow.

They will face Sweden or the Czech Republic at home five days later if they win.

FIFA called for the “rapid cessation of hostilities and peace in Ukraine.”

But stopped short of confirming whether FIFA would take Russia’s hosting rights away.

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The statement read:

“We condemn the use of force by Russia in Ukraine and any violence to resolve conflicts.

“Violence is never a solution, and We call on all parties to restore peace through constructive dialogue.

“FIFA also expresses its solidarity with the people affected by this conflict.

“Regarding football matters in both Ukraine and Russia, FIFA will continue to monitor the situation, and we will communicate updates about the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers in due course.”

Ukraine will also contest the 2022 World Cup play-offs, but the draw precludes them from home.

In my opinion, it has been a tough time for everyone in Ukraine, and I hopes everything gets back to normal.

However, Russia and other allied countries need to agree on how to solve this conflict.

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