FAI says Ireland will not play against Russia at any level 9 months ago

FAI says Ireland will not play against Russia at any level

Ireland are due to play against Ukraine later this year.

The Republic of Ireland will not play against Russia at any level until further notice, the Football Association of Ireland have said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.

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The decision has been made following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The English FA have also announced a boycott against Russian teams, while the Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden have said they will not play against Russia in their upcoming World Cup playoffs.

The FAI have said that no Irish team, at any level, will compete against the Russian national team.

FAI: Ireland will not play against Russia at any level.

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"The Football Association of Ireland has offered its full and unequivocal support to Ukraine’s FA and confirmed that no Irish team will play against Russia at any level until further notice," the FAI statement reads.

"FAI President Gerry McAnaney and CEO Jonathan Hill have contacted their counterparts in the Ukraine with messages of support and solidarity and to inform them that the FAI will be as flexible and accommodating as possible with regards to the staging of the two UEFA Nations League fixtures against Ukraine due to be played in June.

"The CEO has also confirmed that the Association will not play against any Russian team at any level whilst the current situation prevails. Jonathan Hill said: 'In light of the current situation, I can confirm that we will not consider any international fixture against any Russian side, no matter what the level, until further notice.'"

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Aviva Stadium to be lit up with Ukraine colours.

The FAI also said that the Aviva Stadium in Dublin will be lit up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag at 7 pm on Monday night, as a sign of solidarity with the country and its citizens.

"We have confirmed to our colleagues at the Ukraine Association of Football that the FAI stands firmly alongside them in light of this terrible situation," FAI president Gerry McAnaney said.

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"I am sure that fans at our League of Ireland games tonight will also show their support for the people of Ukraine."

Ireland are due to play Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League on June 4 at the Aviva Stadium. The reverse fixture between the teams will be played at a neutral venue.

Meanwhile, Fifa announced on Sunday that Russia will play their upcoming games as the 'Football Union of Russia' (RFU), and without the country's national anthem or flag. Their matches will also be staged at a neutral venue.

However, their upcoming opponents - Poland, and either the Czech Republic or Sweden - have stated they will still not compete against the Russian team.