The Swedish Football Association Board of Directors has decided that the Swedish men’s national team will not play a possible rematch against Russia – regardless of where the match is held. The Federal Council is also urging FIFA to cancel the March rematch in which Russia is participating.
The illegal and unjust invasion of Ukraine makes all football-related relations with Russia impossible. We therefore encourage FIFA to take the decision to cancel the play-off matches in March in which Russia will participate. Karl-Erik Nilsson, president of the Swedish Football Association, says that no matter what FIFA chooses, we will not play against Russia in March.
We have a hard time believing that FIFA will not follow our call. Russia cannot be part of this madness for long, says Nelson.
Earlier on Saturday, Poland announced that it will not play Russia in the play-off match in the World Cup qualifiers either.
“It’s time for action. The Polish national team does not intend to play the rematch,” wrote Polish football president Cesare Koleza, about the escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Twitter account.
According to the current plan, Russia will play Poland in Moscow on March 24, while Sweden will meet the Czech Republic in Solna on the same day. If Russia wins, they will meet the winner of the Sweden Meet in Moscow on March 29.
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