MOSCOW, November 1. / TASS /. World football’s governing body FIFA has fined the Russian Football Union (RFU) nearly $ 5,490 for reported security breaches during the national team’s matches against Croatia and Malta earlier this year, the FIFA press service said in a statement on Monday.
The world football body announced financial sanctions against a number of countries for incidents reported during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in September and October and Russia was mentioned among other countries on the list.
“FIFA today released the sanctions imposed by its disciplinary committee for incidents that occurred during the September and October windows of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the statement said.
“In line with FIFA’s zero tolerance position against discrimination and violence in football, a number of member associations have been sanctioned for discriminatory behavior by their respective supporters,” the statement added.
According to the FIFA document, the fine of 5,000 Swiss francs was imposed on RFU for an intrusion reported on the pitch by third parties.
“Order and security during matches (invasion of the playing field),” said the FIFA statement. “Failure to respect the zoning of the stadium.
The Russian national team played two matches in early September (against Croatia and Malta) as part of their qualifying tournament for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar.
Russia’s home match against Croatia, which ended in a 0-0 draw, took place at the Luzhniki Stadium on September 1 in front of an authorized 23,000 spectators. The home match against Malta was staged at the Otkritie-Bank Arena in Moscow and ended 2-0 in favor of the hosts (up to 3000 spectators were allowed in the stadium for this match).
After eight appearances in Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Russian side are currently first with 19 points and ahead of their closest rivals Croatia, who have 17 points in 2nd place. .
Slovakia are currently 3rd in Group H with 10 points, while Slovenia are 4th with 10 points as well, but are lower ranked due to a number of goals scored and missed overall. Teams from Malta and Cyprus complete the Group H standings at 5th and 6th place respectively, with five points each.
The Russian national football team are scheduled to play their last two qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage against Cyprus on November 11 (home game) and Croatia on November 14 (home game). ‘outside).
FIFA World Cup 2022
Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at eight stadiums in seven cities across the country, namely Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal.
Qatar won the right to host the matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010.
In March 2015, FIFA officially announced that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would take place in November and December 2022, with the final match set for December 18, 2022, coinciding with Qatar’s National Day. The goal, in principle, was to hold the tournament over 28 days.