The international governing body of football, FIFA, has just taken numerous decisions against Russia which launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine. A decision by President Vladimir Putin which has turned the country into a war since Thursday.
“FIFA would like to reiterate its condemnation of the use of force by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. Violence is never a solution and FIFA expresses its deepest solidarity to all people affected by what is happening in Ukraine “, a statement noted this Sunday.
“FIFA calls again for the urgent restoration of peace and for constructive dialogue to commence immediately. FIFA remains in close contact with the Ukrainian Association of Football and members of the Ukrainian football community who have been requesting support to leave the country for as long as the current conflict persists.”
The body, in collaboration with UEFA, has therefore decided to take the following “first immediate measures”:
No international competition shall be played on the territory of Russia, with “home” matches being played on neutral territory and without spectators.
The member association representing Russia shall participate in any competition under the name “Football Union of Russia (RFU)” and not “Russia”
No flag or anthem of Russia will be used in matches where teams from the Football Union of Russia participate.
FIFA indicates that this sanctions are in line with recommendations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and will be applicable until further notice .