Russia-Bosnia friendly match on day before World Cup. The Bosnia Football Association announced on Friday that Bosnia and Herzegovina would face Russia in a friendly match during the month of November. This news prompted criticism from a Bosnian midfielder named Miralem Pjanic as well as the mayor of Sarajevo.
The game will be played on November 19, one day before the World Cup is due to get underway in Qatar. The match will take place in St. Petersburg.
The Country of Bosnia Was Unable To Make It To The World Cup
As a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the country’s national teams were disqualified from participation in international competitions. Unfortunately for Bosnia, they were unable to qualify for the World Cup.
“The choice that was made is poor. I am flabbergasted, “The Bosnian media reported that Pjanic made the statement. “What I have to say is well known within the National Football Association.”
Since making his debut for his country in 2008, the 32-year-old former player for Juventus and Barcelona has competed in 107 international matches. His current club is Sharjah FC, which is based in the United Arab Emirates.
Benjamina Karic, the mayor of Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia, voiced her disagreement with the decision on several social media platforms.
She wrote on Twitter that “Sarajevo as the city which has been under the longest siege from aggressors and me as a mayor strongly condemn the decision by the national Football Association to play a friendly match with Russia.” Sarajevo is the city that has been under attack for the longest amount of time.
Sarajevo Was Under Siege For 43 Months During The Bosnian War
Sarajevo was besieged for a total of 43 months during the Bosnian war, beginning in 1992 and ending in 1995. It was the longest siege in contemporary European history prior to the twentieth century.
If the ruling is not reversed, we will be unable to continue our fruitful collaboration with the Football Association.
Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, both FIFA and UEFA banned all Russian national and club teams from participating in their competitions until further notice.
However, Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic all indicated they would not play their World Cup qualifiers with Russia in March. All of this was said before FIFA and UEFA issued their ban.
After that, in July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected an appeal by the Russian Football Union (FUR).
On November 14, 2021, the senior national team of Russia competed in their final international match, a World Cup qualifying match against Croatia, in which they lost.
Since Russia’s previous match against a European team was on September 24 against Kyrgyzstan, and their most recent match against Iran was in November, Bosnia is the first European team that Russia has competed against since then.
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