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Bosnia condemned for planning friendly with Russia

Recently, the Bosnia and Herzegovina football association scheduled a friendly against Russia set for November. Yet, with Russia still in the midst of sanctions from UEFA and FIFA, there is strong backlash to the fixture.

In a brief announcement on Friday, the N/FSBiH declared that they accepted an invitation from Russia. The game is set for the day before the World Cup in Qatar. Bosnia and Herzegovina failed to qualify, while FIFA suspended Russia from World Cup qualifying.

Two of the star players in the Bosnia and Herzegovina squad strongly condemned the decision. “I am against the playing of this match! I am always and only for peace,” captain Edin Dzeko told Bosnian news source Klix.

‘The association knows my opinion! Unfortunately, I am not the one who makes the decisions with whom Bosnia and Herzegovina will play, but I have my position which is clear and which does not include playing this match, while innocent people are suffering. I stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in these difficult times for them.”

Team vice captain Miralem Pjanic voiced his concerns as well. “The decision is not good. I am speechless,” said Pjanic. “In the national Football Association, they know what I think.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina schedules friendly with Russia

Outrage went beyond sport on the strange scheduling of the match. Benjamina Karić, mayor of Bosnia’s capital city Sarajevo, also joined the frustrations.

Sarajevo, kao grad koji je najduže bio pod opsadom agresora i ja kao gradonačelnica, oštro osuđujemo odluku Nogometnog saveza da igra prijateljsku utakmicu sa Rusijom.

Ukoliko se odluka ne promijeni, grad će prestati sa saradnjom sa savezom, koja je do sada bila kvalitetna.

— Benjamina Karić (@BenjaminaKaric) September 9, 2022

“Sarajevo as the city which has been under the longest siege from aggressors. [I], as a mayor, strongly condemn the decision by the national Football Association to play a friendly match with Russia,” the mayor…


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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2022-09-10 16:11:06

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