The Kosovo Football Federation has threatened this Tuesday to Spain with not playing the match corresponding to the qualifying phase for the Qatar World Cup 2022, a duel scheduled for the next March 31st in Seville. The complaint from the local body has occurred after the Real spanish soccer federation announced this preparatory match by referring to Kosovo as a “territory” and not as an independent state.
⚠️ OFFICIAL | @ LUISENRIQUE21 will release the next list on Monday, March 15th.
🌎 Spain begins the path to # Qatar2022 against Greece, Georgia and the territory of Kosovo.
➡️ Luis de la Fuente will also announce the call for the U21 EURO.
– Spanish Soccer Team (@SeFutbol) March 9, 2021
The UEFA and the FIFA recognized since May 2016 as a full member to Kosovo, which declared itself independent from neighboring Serbia in 2008, although countries such as Spain or Greece do not recognize it as an independent country. Along these lines, the Kosovar federation has considered “vain and unfair” the qualification of “territory” and has recalled that the criteria of UEFA Y FIFA they are “clear” in this sense. For this reason, he has defended that he will dispute the meeting following international criteria on the use of the national anthem and the flag.
Otherwise, you will refuse to play or claim “protection” from the UEFA for compliance with the rules as a member state under the same conditions as the rest of the national teams that are part of it. Anyway, the federation of Kosovo has already contacted the RFEF and is waiting for a “quick” response to address your complaint. The Balkans hope that the body they preside Luis Rubiales “Do not take actions that damage the relations between the federations and the two countries.”
Recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, defended that compliance with the regulations of the FIFA did not imply recognition of Kosovo as a country by Spain.
On the 25th, debut against Greece
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The rivals of the Spanish team in the qualifying phase for the Qatar World Cup 2022 will be Sweden, Greece, Georgia Y Kosovo. One day after the draw, the Spade assured that, despite not recognizing Kosovo as an independent state, that did not imply that Spain not participate in the same tournaments. “We have done it in the Mediterranean Games of 2018 and in U21 World Cup handball, “he said then.
The ‘Red‘the day will be released March 25th in view of Greece in the Seville stadium of The Cartuja. Next Monday the 15th, the coach Luis Enrique will announce the list of summoned.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.