Ukraine will appeal to FIFA to throw Iran out of 2022 Qatar World Cup


After recent suggestions that Iran should be removed from the World Cup, there will now be a formal request made to FIFA by Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Football Association will appeal to FIFA in a bid to get Iran thrown out of the Qatar World Cup.

A statement from the Ukrainian FA on Monday confirmed that its executive committee wants Iran banned from the tournament for Iran’s “possible involvement in Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine”.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The country’s football team reached the final stage of the UEFA qualifying play-offs, but were defeated by Wales in June.

FIFA and UEFA subsequently banned Russia from playing international football.

The chief executive of Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk, Sergei Palkin, last week urged FIFA to prevent Iran from competing in Qatar and suggested that Ukraine replace them.

A statement on the Ukrainian FA website referred to the fact that the executive committee had decided to appeal to the world governing body, but did not mention the possibility of replacing them at the tournament.

The statement outlined that the executive made the decision: “Taking into account information from the media about systematic human rights violations in Iran, which may violate the principles and standards of the FIFA Statutes, taking into account UN Security Council Resolution 2231 regarding the imposition of sanctions on Iran and Iran’s possible involvement in Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine to ask FIFA to consider banning Iran’s national team from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

Iran’s World Cup opener is scheduled for November 21 against England.

Meanwhile, the FA of Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed that the proposed friendly against Russia on November 19 has been postponed, although the intention remains for it to be played “at a future date”.

The statement read: “The friendly match between the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russia, which was supposed to be played on November 19 in St. Petersburg, will not be played at that time.

“At today’s meeting of the Executive Council of the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the match scheduled for November 19 was postponed. The President of NS/FS Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Vico Zeljkovic stated that the playing of this friendly match will be extended by some future date.”

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