England Refuses To Play Against Russia Until the “Foreseeable Future” Due To The Russia-Ukraine War
The English Football Association has announced that the national team will not play against Russia for the “foreseeable future” due to the invasion of Ukraine. In a statement on their website, the FA said that they made the decision in light of the “escalation of diplomatic tensions and the Russian government’s actions.” This is the latest development in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which has seen Russian forces invade the country and take control of its Crimean peninsula.
The FA’s decision means that there is no chance of England and Russia meeting in this year’s World Cup, which is being held in Brazil. It is also likely that any future meetings between the two teams will be canceled.
The decision was made by the English Football Association (FA) after consultations with the government. FA Chairman Greg Dyke said that it was not right for England to be playing against a country that had “invaded a neighboring country and annexed its territory”.
This is not the first time that England has pulled out of a match against Russia. The two teams were scheduled to play in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but this was canceled after Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
The FA has said that it is still committed to playing the Russian team, but this will not happen for the ‘foreseeable future’. Dyke said that he hopes the situation will improve so that England can play against Russia again.
Many people have welcomed the FA’s decision, saying that it is the right thing to do. Others have criticized the FA, saying that football should be kept out of politics. However, Dyke has defended the FA’s decision, saying that it is not right for England to be associated with a country that is invading its neighbors.
This is a major blow for Russia, who were hoping to use the World Cup as a chance to improve their image abroad. The English FA’s decision comes after several other countries, including the United States and Germany, announced that they would be boycotting the World Cup.
In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a “clear violation of international law.” Kerry also warned that the U.S. would impose further sanctions on Russia if it did not withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
The FA’s decision comes at a time when tensions between Russia and the West are high. Earlier this week, the United States announced that it was suspending talks with Russia over the situation in Ukraine. The US said that Russia had not done enough to implement the ceasefire agreement that was reached in Minsk.
So far, the Russian government has shown no sign of backing down, and it is unclear what the future holds for Ukraine. Whatever happens, it is clear that the conflict is going to have a major impact on international relations, and especially on sport.
The situation in Ukraine is still tense, and it is unclear how things will develop in the coming months. However, it seems likely that Russia will continue to be a source of tension in the region. This means that England may not be able to play against Russia for some time to come.