Scotland’s World Cup rivals Ukraine could be forced to halt the domestic championship due to rising tensions with Russia
Ukraine’s soccer chiefs have insisted their league will resume this week but admit they may have to scrap their season due to tensions with Russia, with just over a month to go until they face the Scotland in a World Cup shootout.
The vast majority of the Ukrainian squad plays in their home country and their season has been dormant since early December.
They are due to resume their season on Friday as Russia are reportedly set to launch an attack on the country.
If their season was stopped, it would mean that around 16 players from their squad who play domestic football could potentially line up at Hampden after going almost four months without a competitive game, which would leave Ukraine at a disadvantage. .
But the president of the Ukrainian Football Association, Andriy Pavelko, has insisted that they will not stop football despite the threat of an imminent war… for now anyway.
He said: “It’s a difficult but important situation for us. It’s necessary to keep playing games for as long as possible to give positivity to the Ukrainian people.
“Stability is very important right now and we want to tell the world that life goes on and the way we can help with that is the resumption of our league.
“We have to hope that the difficult days will pass and that there will be peace and prosperity for our country. Obviously, if the situation changes, we will have to assess the situation.
“And we’re looking forward to playing Scotland in the 2022 World Cup play-offs. It’s going to be one of the biggest events this year for our fans.”
And Ukrainian Premier League chief Yevhen Dykyy revealed: “We continue to monitor the situation closely, but for now the season resumes with a match between Mynai and Zorya Luhansk on Friday.”