A World Cup play-off versus Russia is nearly unimaginable in the aftermath of the Ukraine invasion, according to the Swedish Football Association.

The Swedish Football Association has stated that playing their important 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Russia in the midst of the Russia-Ukraine situation is unthinkable.

Even if a Russian military invasion of Ukraine is now underway, sporting events will undoubtedly be disrupted, as Russia is scheduled to compete in world cup qualification matches.

However, following Vladimir Putin’s decision to send soldiers into Ukraine, the leader of the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) says a clash with Russia is “nearly unthinkable” at this point.

The winner of a match between Russia and Poland on March 24 might face the victors of a tie between Sweden and the Czech Republic, with both home matches taking place in Russia.

According to Karl-Erik Nilsson, chairman of the Swedish FA, such a journey would be impossible for his country.

“It’s a plausible scenario,” he told Reuters. As we wake up this morning, it seems to us that it is nearly unthinkable that we will be playing a football match in Russia in a few weeks.

“As it stands right now, there appears to be no appetite in Russia to play a football match.”

“Our sympathies are with our friends in Ukraine over the scenario they awoke to today; it’s terrible,” he added. Football should be viewed as less important in the midst of this conflagration.”

There are currently calls that Russia be removed from the World Trade Organization.

“I believe that much is required very rapidly [in these situations] – we will need to live and socialize even in the future, and I believe that we need not be too quick with solutions.” According to the 64-year-old retired referee.

“Rather, we should take our time and figure out what steps are required. For the time being, we hope that armaments will be laid down and that peace and freedom will prevail.”

“It’s critical that the demands originate in Ukraine.

“They have a lot more on their minds than football right now, but the future will come, and we must show solidarity with our football buddies all throughout Europe.”

Ukraine is scheduled to meet Scotland in a play-off match on March 24.

“The FAI will continue to communicate on an ongoing basis with our Government, our colleagues at UEFA, and the Ukraine Association of Football with regards to the latest developments and the implications for the Ukraine v Republic of Ireland fixture in the UEFA Nations League, currently fixed for Lviv on Tuesday, June 14th,” the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said in a statement.

“On June 4th, the FAI will welcome Ukraine to Dublin for the start of the UEFA Nations League season. The FAI is looking forward to the outcome of the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on February 25th, which has been convened to review the present situation in Ukraine.”

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