On Monday, FIFA announced supension to eject Russia from qualifying for the 2022 World Cup only weeks before it was to play for one of Europe’s final places in this year’s tournament in Qatar. Russian club teams were also barred from international competitions.
FIFA was heavily criticized for not going far enough in punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The initial pressure for an outright ban of Russia came from Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, whose national team faced the prospect of games against Russia in a World Cup playoff in March.
Did Russia qualify for World Cup?
FIFA have confirmed that Russia will not take part in the World Cup qualifying play-off, meaning that they will miss 2022 Wold Cup held in Qatar.