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No Irish teams to play Russian opposition 'until further notice' | FAI

The association has also written to its Ukranian counterpart to offer its support.



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No Irish teams to play Russian opposition 'until further notice' | FAI

Ireland has joined a number of other nations in confirming a boycott of Russian teams.

The FAI has confirmed that no Republic of Ireland sides will play opponents from Russia 'until further notice'.

The association has also written to its Ukranian counterpart to offer its support.

Later today (Monday), the Aviva Stadium will be illuminated in the colours of the Ukraine flag in a show of solidarity.

Ireland are due to play Ukraine in two Nations League fixtures in June.

A number of other countries - including England, Scotland and Wales - have taken a similar course of action.

The Scots are due to play Ukraine next month in a play-off for a place in this year's World Cup.

In a message to their opponents today, the Scottish FA said it expressed 'support, friendship and unity.'

"Football is inconsequential amid conflict," a statement read.

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

"We remain in dialogue with UEFA and FIFA regarding our men's FIFA World Cup play-off and women's World Cup qualifier, and have offered to support our Ukranian colleagues' preparations as best we can in these unimaginably difficult circumstances."

Meanwhile, it's reported that UEFA are set to throw Spartak Moscow out of the Europa League.

The Russian side are scheduled to play RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last 16 next week.

However, the German side are likely to receive a bye to the quarter-finals as a result of UEFA's impending decision.

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