The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is the latest in a string of countries to announce they would not play games against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
Wales follows England, Sweden, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Poland in announcing a boycott of Russian matches as teams were meant to play as part of World Cup qualifiers.
In a written statement, backed by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, the FAW said: “The Football Association of Wales (FAW) stands in solidarity with Ukraine and feels an extreme amount of sadness and shock to the recent developments in the country.
“The FAW expresses its condemnation for the use of force and the atrocities being committed by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
“The FAW has decided that Cymru will not play any international fixtures against Russia for the foreseeable future, at any level of the game.
“Our thoughts and support are with the people of Ukraine.
“Сильніші разом. Together, we are stronger. Gyda’n gilydd, yn gryfach.”
The English Football Association have said that the country will not play any international matches against Russia “for the foreseeable future” and that it “wholeheartedly condemns the atrocities being committed by the Russian leadership”.
FIFA has requested that the Russian football teams play upcoming games in neutral territory under the name the Football Union of Russia without their flag and anthem.
This approach has been deemed “totally unacceptable” by the Polish FA.
Polish football association president Cezary Kulesza said: “We are not interested in participating in this game of appearances. Our stance remains intact: Polish National Team will not play with Russia, no matter what the name of the team is.”
Swedish FA president Karl-Erik Nilsson said: “Our opinion is not different today and the situation has not changed in Ukraine just because we have received the message from Fifa, so we have no other opinion today.
“We also want to talk to Poland and the Czech Republic so that we can give back to Fifa what we think, but we had expected a sharper stance from Fifa. We would have done so.”
Court grants Police 36 hour extension to detention of three held for Bridgend baby death investigation
Ryanair to offer more flights through Cardiff next year
Working on Christmas Day is like being with a ‘second family,’ say Wales Air Ambulance frontline staff
‘That colliery holds our history’: Council aims to change the fortunes of the Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
Briton Ferry primary school welcomes donation from Amazon
Joe’s Ice Cream plants 100 trees to rejuvenate local green areas
Celebrity chef James Martin turns up the heat with a brand new 2023 tour visit to Swansea Arena
Castell Howell serves up sustainable menu at Nuffield dinner
Three arrested after bodies of two babies found in Bridgend
Rob Page: ‘We can’t sit and cry over Iran loss’
Free bus travel returns to Swansea for Christmas
Date set for Llanelli Christmas Carnival and lights switch-on
Street pianos to bring music and colour to Swansea’s streets
Four Pembrokeshire women to take on ‘world’s toughest row’
Brynhyfryd pub gets brand new look in time to celebrate World Cup
UWTSD to host Cerebra families during Swansea Christmas Parade
Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones says getting honorary doctorate from Open University was ‘tidy, lush and crackin’
Swansea set to host football World Cup Fan Park
Swansea Christmas Parade: What you need to know for this Sunday’s event
Christmas multipack Coke recalled as packing error means some zero sugar packs have regular cans included
Christmas6 days ago
Morriston community groups supply festive fun for heritage event
Gorseinon6 days ago
Gorseinon GP warns antibiotics may do more harm than good against seasonal viruses
Swansea6 days ago
Martin Nicholls named as Swansea Council’s new Chief Executive
Business3 days ago
Carmarthenshire logistics company celebrates 50th anniversary by holding a family fun day in aid of Wales Air Ambulance
UK Government6 days ago
Liberal Democrats table bill to give Wales the power to create Bank Holidays
Fostering & Adoption6 days ago
Swansea 10 year-old wins national fostering award
Photography4 days ago
Swansea man wins Historic Photographer of the Year competition
Swansea4 days ago
Swansea now third busiest train station in Wales – but overall ridership down on pre-pandemic levels