Scotland vs Ukraine World Cup qualifier pushed back beyond March

March 8 – Scotland’s World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine has been postponed with FIFA and UEFA now seeking a way of rescheduling the entire Path A playoffs.

The two nations were set to meet March 24 but Ukraine requested that FIFA delay the tie. A majority of recent squads selected by Ukraine have contained players from their homeland, where domestic football has been halted because of the Russian invasion.

As a result, the play-off final for the winners, which was due to have taken place on March 29 against either Wales or Austria, will now also have to be rescheduled.

FIFA is reported to have held discussions with the chief executives of the Scotland, Ukraine, Wales and Austria FAs on Monday when they were verbally told that the fixture will be moved to June though there are no guarantees that even this would be possible.

Wales’ game with Austria in the other path A playoff semifinal is sold out. That will still go ahead on March 24 but the situation is further complicated by the fact that the World Cup group draw takes place on April 1, meaning there could be an either/or slot left open.

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