The Russian flag and anthem cannot be associated with the team while competing in qualifiers, according to a report by AP. According to FIFA, the RFU team can only play on the neutral territory without spectators.
FIFA said in a statement, “FIFA will continue its dialogue with the IOC, UEFA, and other sports organizations to determine if any additional measures or sanctions, including exclusion from competitions, need to be applied in the near future should the situation not improve rapidly.
As per the report, FIFA had delayed implementing the ban on Russia competing under its name until after possible qualification for the World Cup.
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Russia is scheduled to face Poland in a World Cup qualification playoff semifinal on March 24 in Moscow. If they win, Russia would face either the Czech Republic or Sweden.
On Sunday, the Czech Republic joined Poland and Sweden in announcing that it would not play Russia. The English Football Association also announced that it would not play Russia to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and to condemn the “atrocities” that are being committed by the government in Moscow.