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Football Association of Wales won’t play Russia ‘for the foreseeable future’ after Ukraine invasion

27 Feb 2022 2 minute read
Wales’ shirt. Picture by John Smith/FAW (CC BY-SA 4.0).

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) have said that they won’t play Russia again “for the foreseeable future, at any level of the game”.

Their announcement follows the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on Thursday.

Their announcement comes after a number of other nations declared they would not play Russia, including Poland, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

They said: “The Football Association of Wales (FAW) stands in solidarity with Ukraine and feels an extreme amount of sadness and shock to the recent developments in the country.

“The FAW expresses its condemnation for the use of force and the atrocities being committed by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.

“The FAW has decided that Cymru will not play any international fixtures against Russia for the foreseeable future, at any level of the game.

“Our thoughts and support are with the people of Ukraine.

“Сильніші разом. Together, we are stronger. Gyda’n gilydd, yn gryfach.”

Fifa has told Russia to complete their upcoming games in neutral territory under the name the Football Union of Russia without their flag.

However they have not banned them from upcoming competitions, including the Fifa World Cup in Qatar next year.

Russia are due to play Poland in world-cup play offs, a match Poland has already said will not happen.

“We are not interested in participating in this game of appearances. Our stance remains intact: Polish National Team will not play with Russia, no matter what the name of the team is,” Polish football association president Cezary Kulesza said.

Earlier Fifa said that talks would continue over Russia’s place in football competitions.

“Fifa would like to reiterate its condemnation of the use of force by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine,” world football’s governing body said in a statement on Sunday.

“Violence is never a solution and Fifa expresses its deepest solidarity to all people affected by what is happening in Ukraine.

“Fifa will continue its ongoing dialogue with the International Olympic Committee, Uefa and other sport organisations to determine any additional measures or sanctions, including a potential exclusion from competitions, that shall be applied in the near future should the situation not be improving rapidly.

“Fifa’s thoughts remain with everybody affected by this shocking and worrying situation.”


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Gareth
Gareth
7 months ago

Da iawn, parch I Cymdeithas Pel Droed Cymru.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Cytuno yn llwyr – da iawn Cymdeithas Peldroed Cymru.
Dim parch o gwbl tuag FIFA!

Gareth
Gareth
7 months ago
Reply to  Gill Jones

Clywch clywch, Mae arian Rwsia yn rhedeg FIFA.

Nigel Callaghan
Nigel Callaghan
7 months ago

Good decision.

Call me a cynic but I suspect if Russia played rugby, the WRU would even now be booking a friendly in Moscow straight after 6 Nations…

CommonSense
CommonSense
7 months ago

Rugby is irrelevant outside of 9 nations

Rob
Rob
7 months ago
Reply to  CommonSense

Its the national sport in many countries including Georgia who are refusing to play Russia in the European Rugby Championship.

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
7 months ago

Da iawn Cymru, until Putin has gone Russia needs to be isolated in every possible way.

CommonSense
CommonSense
7 months ago

Everyone goes to the rugby in the Millennium to get drunk.

Gareth
Gareth
7 months ago
Reply to  CommonSense

Conversion at the Millennium stadium during a world cup game. After chatting to her friend in the next seat for most of the first half, a woman turns to her husband. Her, Who are we playing, Him, Argentina, Her, and what colour are we? True story.

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