FIFA disqualify Russia from World Cup

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The world football organising body has taken a firm decision to remove Russia from Europe's World Cup qualifying playoffs where they were set to take on Poland, whose federation had threatened to boycott the fixture.

The North European country has come under fire following their military's bombing of neighbours Ukraine - an act that has since been condemned by various governments and football associations.

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
Bernardo Silva (Portugal)
Bernardo Silva (Portugal)
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Gareth Bale (Wales)
Gareth Bale (Wales)
Thomas Partey (Ghana)
Thomas Partey (Ghana)

On Tuesday, FIFA released a statement announcing their elimination of the hosts of the 2018 edition of the tournament.

"Subsequent to the decision of 28 February 2022 taken jointly with the UEFA Executive Committee to suspend all Russian teams from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice, the Bureau of the FIFA Organising Committee decided that Poland will receive a bye to the final of Path B due to take place on 29 March 2022, in which they will face the winners of the match between Sweden and the Czech Republic.”

Meanwhile, Ukraine's postponed playoff against Scotland, which was supposed to take place this month, has been moved to the June international break, per Sporting News.

It is further reported that the World Cup group stage draw will be held on 1 April 2022 in Doha, Qatar, as scheduled. However, only 29 places will have been confirmed by then as three spots have been added to the delayed list.

Croatia
Croatia
Netherlands
Netherlands
Qatar (hosts)
Qatar (hosts)
Switzerland
Switzerland
Denmark
Denmark
France
France
Germany
Germany
Brazil
Brazil
Serbia
Serbia
Belgium
Belgium
England
England
Spain
Spain
Argentina
Argentina