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Ukraine vs Scotland World Cup playoffs postponed over invasion

SCOTLAND’s World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine, scheduled for March 24, has been postponed.

FIFA, world football’s governing body, had a call with the chief executives of the Scotland, Ukraine, Wales and Austria Football Associations on Monday where they were verbally told that the game will be moved to June.

However, it is yet to be decided if Scotland will now play friendly internationals on March 24 and 29 instead.

The play-off semi-final was due to be played at Hampden Park on March 24, with the winner going on to face Austria or Wales in Cardiff for a place in this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

But now the clash has been postponed owing to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military.

Russia had been due to face Poland in their semi-final, but have been thrown out of the tournament by FIFA as a sanction for the invasion.

Meanwhile, Wales themselves are still to be informed about whether their semi-final with Austria on March 24 is to go ahead or not.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is aware of all the potential scenarios after several meetings over last five days, but no decision has been communicated to them as yet.

Wales’ game with Austria at the Cardiff City Stadium is sold out and plans remain in place for the game to go ahead on March 24.

The FAW is understood to be “hopeful” of some further clarity on the situation on Tuesday.

Sky Sports

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