Dutch football association condemns Russia but won’t boycott matches

Photo: Niels Pluto
Photo: Niels Pluto

The Dutch football association KNVB has issued a statement condemning the attack on Ukraine but has not followed Poland and other EU countries in saying Oranje will not play against Russia.

World football body Fifa said on Sunday that matches scheduled to take place in Russia will now take place on neutral ground without supporters and Uefa has shifted the Champions League final from St Petersburg to the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris.

The Dutch women’s team is in a group with Switzerland, Sweden and Russia in this summer’s European championships in England and the match against Russia is due to take place on July 13.

Some 88% of people taking part in an NOS poll on Instagram said Oranje should boycott the match.

The Dutch basketball team went ahead with Thursday’s world cup qualification match against Russia, despite the invasion of Ukraine but cancelled the return leg in Almere which had been scheduled for Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Dutch volleyball association said on Monday it had urged the world body to move the men’s volleyball world cup, which is due to take place in Russia.

Poland, France and Slovenia have already pulled out of the competition, and the Netherlands will also do so, unless the competition is moved, the association said.

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