World Cup 2022: the coach of the Ukrainian national football team questioned the playoffs against Scotland

The game was originally supposed to take place on March 24 in Glasgow, Scotland, but FIFA pushed it back to June. Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“While people in my country continue to die, I can’t think about playing in Scotland,” Petrakov said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel Football 1.

“We still have April and May ahead of us and we’ll see what happens after that, but we have to play Scotland in June and the Nations League games as well.

“But in the current situation, we cannot think about them,” Petrakov added.

A date for the rescheduled qualifier has yet to be announced by FIFA.

The winner of the Scotland-Ukraine match is due to face Wales in a one-off match to determine who will qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, due to start on 21 November.

Neither FIFA, UEFA nor the Scottish Football Association were immediately available for comment when they were contacted by CNN in response to Petrakov’s comments.

In the interview, the 64-year-old also reflected on how the ongoing war has affected him personally.

“I am a native of Kiev, I haven’t gone anywhere and I’m not leaving anywhere, I’m sitting in my house in Kyiv. […] I made a decision: I don’t want to leave, I’m not afraid, I’m a persistent person.

“For me, Russia as a country does not exist. As far as I understand, there are no people or friends there.”

“We will become stronger, it’s not just 100%, but 200%.”

In response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian international and club teams from competitions “until further notice”.

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