Did FIFA just endorse Russia’s World Cup bid despite Ukraine crisis?



Did FIFA just endorse Russia’s World Cup bid despite Ukraine crisis?

Fifa finally ended days of silence on the subject of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine only in effect to endorse the status quo. Photograph: Ozan Köse/AFP/Getty Images Fifa has decided that Russia can continue their bid to qualify for this winter’s World Cup, despite their opponents refusing to play against them.

What will happen to Russia’s World Cup play-off?

Under a series of “initial measures” agreed by the Fifa council on Sunday, next month’s World Cup play-off between Russia and Poland would go ahead but at a neutral venue and with no spectators. Russia would also be forced to go by the name “Football Union of Russia (RFU)” in an echo of the punishment imposed on the country at the Olympics.

Will the Russian flag be flown at the World Cup?

No Russian flag would be flown either, nor would the anthem be played. In a statement Fifa said they would be willing to consider further actions, including expulsion from the World Cup, should “the situation not be improving rapidly”.

Can Russia’s World Cup 2022 qualifying team play home games?

Russia’s Fedor Smolov watches during the World Cup 2022 group H qualifying soccer match against Cyprus at GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (Danil Shamkin/NurPhoto via Getty Images) FIFA also said the RFU team won’t be allowed to play home games. They can only play on neutral sites and without any fans in attendance.