Probably won’t happen but I would love all play off teams to refuse to play unless Russia are booted out. Give FIFA a decision to make. Wishful thinking on my part.
Have you seen Puma’s third shirt collection?At least put a charity on it! Having your team name on the jersey is so pre-2000 MLS. (Maybe that’s retro cool now?)
Washington PostFIFA, international soccer’s governing body, responded to growing pressure to penalize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine by banning Russia’s name, flag and anthem in next month’s World Cup qualifying matches, moving matches out of Russia and moving any of its team’s “home” matches to a neutral site.
In response to FIFA’s announcement, Poland said it would still refuse to play Russia. Cezary Kulesza, president of Poland’s soccer federation, called FIFA’s decision “totally unacceptable” in a tweet.
“We are not interested in participating in this game of appearances,” Kulesza said. “Our stance remains intact: Polish National Team will NOT PLAY with Russia, no matter what the name of the team is.”
Although FIFA’s statement said the games will not be played in Russia, the other two countries had indicated they, too, would not play Russia regardless of location.
“With regard to the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, FIFA has taken good note of the positions expressed via social media by the Polish Football Association, the Football Association of the Czech Republic and the Swedish Football Association and has already engaged in dialogue with all of these football associations,” the FIFA statement added. “FIFA will remain in close contact to seek to find appropriate and acceptable solutions together.”
FIFA’s worst nightmare - an FA taking a principled stand.
Thank you for sharing, that made it mighty dusty in here.
FIFA historically has been slow to ban countries. They only banned the apartheid regime in South Africa and its racist, whites-only football association in 1961 after the Sharpesville Massacre and other incidents made it untenable to act. That said: when FIFA did so back in the 1960s, those were one of the first sanctions of any kind against South Africa, and it would be good to see FIFA take the lead again.
A TV Azteca reporter is saying initial reports of 17 fatalitiesWe don't have a Liga MX thread, so not sure where to put this, but there was just now a brutal pitch invasion in Queretaro during the Atlas / Queretaro match. It looks to have started when the Queretaro fans invaded the Atlas porra and start fist fighting that spilled out onto the pitch. They had to suspend it around the 60th minute. The videos look absolutely horrific; I wouldn't be surprised if there are fatalities out of it.
Seeing sources reporting this, seeing others reporting no deaths. Also saw someone pointing out that if deaths are reported at the stadium, the team and the league would be legally required to compensate the families of the victims, while if they are reported to have died at a hospital, they aren't. So basically, we may not get official word of what actually happened for quite a while.A TV Azteca reporter is saying initial reports of 17 fatalities
It seems pretty clear that the official word is going to be a lie considering the first official statement of 22 injured only 2 critically was an obvious lie just from the horrific video widely availableSeeing sources reporting this, seeing others reporting no deaths. Also saw someone pointing out that if deaths are reported at the stadium, the team and the league would be legally required to compensate the families of the victims, while if they are reported to have died at a hospital, they aren't. So basically, we may not get official word of what actually happened for quite a while.
For context, Clauss is 29 years old and spent his career playing in the second division in France and Germany until a breakout season last year at RC Lens.
"But internacional games don't matter, his club may suffer if he gets hurt in a meaningless game".
Yeah a little bit of neck chills at this one. Amazing.