FIFA bans Russian flag and anthem; England says it won’t play against Russia
FIFA has banned the use of Russian flags or anthems and prohibited athletes from playing under Russia’s banner ahead of the Football World Cup 2022.
While Russia has not been completely banned from the tournament, no matches will be played on the Russian soil and “home” matches will be played on neutral grounds — without any spectators.
“The member association representing Russia shall participate in any competition under the name ‘Football Union of Russia (RFU)’ and not ‘Russia’,” said FIFA in a statement on Sunday.
The England Football Association also confirmed that it won’t play against Russia in any international fixture.
“This includes any potential match at any level of senior, age group or para football,” it said in a statement on Sunday. This follows a similar move by Poland, Sweden, and Czech Republic.
Both FIFA and England Football Association have condemned Russia for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine