Potential Strife Looms as Russia and Iraq Stand at the Brink of a Clash

Muhammad Imad, spokesman for the Iraqi national football team, commented on the possibility of holding a second international friendly match with the Russian national team after the first in March last year in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

And the Russian sports website Sport24 quotes the words of Muhammad Emad: “So far, there is no official information about the exact date of the return match. It is possible that the match will take place in Baghdad itself or in one of the Russian cities. We are also looking into the date of the match on September 7th, International Federation Day.” FIFA Fair Play Football.

On Sunday, March 26, an international friendly football match between the teams of Russia and Iraq took place at the Gazprom Arena stadium in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, which ended with the victory of the hosts with two unanswered goals.

Russia scored its first victory against Iraq after three consecutive draws with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Iran, respectively.

It is noteworthy that the International Federation (FIFA) and the European Football Association (UEFA) on February 28 decided to suspend the participation of Russian teams and clubs in international competitions due to the situation in Ukraine.

The Russian team was excluded from participation in the qualifying playoffs for the final of the last World Cup in Qatar 2022, and was also not allowed to participate in the European qualification for the Euro 2024 European Cup of Nations in Germany.

At the end of November 2022, the President of the Russian Football Union, Alexander Dyukov, took the initiative to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

But after the meeting of the executive committee, which discussed the possibility of leaving the European Football Association (UEFA) and moving to the Asian Football Confederation, the discussion of this initiative was suspended.

Source: RT

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