Wales’ World Cup play-off against Austria will be postponed should FIFA postpone the clash between Scotland and Ukraine, Wales Football Association chief executive Noel Mooney has suggested.
The IFA confirmed on Thursday that Ukraine has requested a postponement of their play-off semi-final in Glasgow on March 24 following Russia’s invasion of their country.
Ukraine or Scotland will visit the winner of the match Wales-Austria on March 29 to decide a place at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
“We are planning to play Austria at Cardiff City Stadium on March 24,” Irishman Mooney, who was interim CEO of the FAI in 2019, told BBC Radio Wales.
“I spoke to Rob Page (Wales manager) yesterday and we’re ready for that.
“But then the news came that Ukraine asked for the game to be postponed to June.”
Football has been suspended in Ukraine and it is now expected that FIFA will grant the request to cancel the play-offs at Hampden Park.
Asked about the likelihood of Wales’ game being postponed to June should the semi-final between Scotland and Ukraine then be played, Mooney replied: ‘Until we get official clarification on that, you can guess.
“We can suspect that, but we don’t have that at the moment. We know that Ukraine has asked for a postponement to June, but these things are changing pretty quickly.
“I spoke to my Ukrainian counterpart and will speak to him again.
“We will definitely make the right decision for football and our friends in Ukraine, while balancing it against the fact that we want to qualify for our first World Cup since 1958.”
Mooney and FAW President Steve Williams are in Glasgow this weekend for a long-arranged meeting with Scottish Football Association officials.
But Mooney said: “I’m sure those games will be discussed around the dinner table in March.
“But we wrote to FIFA and UEFA because that’s our confederation.
“We have written to the other associations involved – Scotland, Austria and of course Ukraine – to say that we should meet early next week as soon as possible to discuss how that would work as we have one in June have abundance of Nations League games.
“There will be a lot of talks over the weekend and we will make a decision no later than next week I would say.
“Then our fans can look forward to either March or June to play our World Cup playoffs.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/welsh-fa-ceo-noel-mooney-waiting-for-clarity-on-world-cup-play-offs-following-ukraine-request-41410694.html Football Association of Wales CEO Noel Mooney is awaiting clarity on the World Cup play-offs following Ukraine’s request