Scotland, Ukraine World Cup Qualifier Postponed Over War

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Ukraine, Scotland World Cup Qualifier Match Postponed. [Courtesy]

Scotland and Ukraine’s World Cup play-off semi-final has been postponed.

The nations were set to meet at Hampden on 24 March but Ukraine requested Fifa push back the tie following Russia’s invasion of the country.

As a result, the play-off final for the winners against either Wales or Austria on 29 March will now also be delayed.

Discussions are under way for a new date, with the Nations League window in June the most likely option.

Read: Russian Gymnast Ivan Kuliak In Trouble For Displaying War Symbol

The World Cup finals take place from 21 November to 18 December.

A large contingent of Ukraine’s recent squads has contained players from their homeland, with 15 out of the 23-man squad in November’s World Cup qualifiers playing in their home leagues.

Both sides are set to face each other in June on Nations League duty, with each side already scheduled to play four games during that break.

Speaking last week, Scottish FA president Rod Petrie offered his Ukrainian counterpart support as the nations held talks with Fifa over moving this month’s tie.

Read Also: FIFA, UEFA Ban Russia From All Football Activities

“Football is inconsequential amid conflict,” said Petrie.

“But we have conveyed the strong sense of solidarity communicated to us by Scotland fans and citizens in recent days.

“[The SFA] have offered to support our Ukrainian colleagues’ preparations as best we can in these unimaginably difficult circumstances.”

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Written by Bonface Osano

Communication And Media Student. Sports Writer.


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