Fifa’s Russia/RFU issue puts Qatar’s 2022 World Cup ‘under threat’

World football governing body Fifa has been criticized for the sanctions it has imposed on Russia so far following the invasion of Ukraine.

‘s office Fifa Council announced yesterday that the “member association representing Russia” will participate in any competitions under the name “Russian Football Federation (RFU)” and not “Russia”. The flag or anthem of Russia will not be used in matches involving teams from the Russian Football Federation. And there will be no international competition in Russia, with “home” matches being held in neutral territory and without supporters.

The last football world championship was held in Russia in 2018 and the country’s chances of appearing at this winter tournament in Qatar are now in the spotlight.

The decision is ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unacceptable’

Fifa’s decision to allow a Russian team to continue playing international football matches has been deemed “disgraceful” by the Polish Football Federation (FA), CNN reported. Poland refused to play Russia in the World Cup play-off semi-final on March 24 and Polish FA president Cezary Kulesza called the decision not to enforce the comprehensive ban “unacceptable”. He said the Polish national team would not play against Russia “regardless of the team’s name”.

“Due to Fifa’s shameful decision, the Polish FA sent out a letter today to all federations in Europe,” Kulesza tweeted. “We presented our position and encouraged them to take our side. Because only united can we be strong. Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine cannot be tolerated.

Sweden and the Czech Republic join the boycott

If the Russian team beats Poland in the play-off semi-finals, they will face the Czech Republic or Sweden in the final – and play for a place in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Following Poland’s decision to boycott Poland’s match against Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic joined them.

Fifa said it took “good note” of the views of the Polish, Czech and Swedish FAs. It has “engaged in dialogue with all of these football associations” and will “continue to be in close contact to work together to find suitable and acceptable solutions”.

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‘Fifa can destroy themselves and the World Cup’

By refusing to exclude Russia from the competition, Fifa “put the entire World Cup at stake”, says Sun. And the boycott from member states has put Fifa president Gianni Infantino “at a crossroads” on whether to allow Russia to directly pass or replace them in the play-offs. Mirror more.

Fifa says Russia must play home matches in neutral territory – but “who on earth would agree to host them?”, asked BBC Sports editor Dan Roan. Many people believe that after Russia invades a sovereign state, “just a harsher punishment is enough.” The close relationship that Infantino forged with Vladimir Putin will also “again come under scrutiny.”

With Russia’s stance, Fifa can “self-destruct” and the 2022 World Cup, said Ian King Football365. If a Russian team makes it through to the Qatar qualifiers, what happens when the three teams they faced in the group stage also withdraw? What happens when others do the same? “In short, it is almost impossible to see this World Cup take place before that unless Fifa changes their course as a matter of urgency.” Fifa’s Russia/RFU issue puts Qatar’s 2022 World Cup ‘under threat’

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