Fifa postpones Ukraine's World Cup qualifier against Scotland

World governing body to allow foreign players and coaches working in Russia and Ukraine to temporarily suspend their contracts and move elsewhere

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Fifa has postponed Ukraine's World Cup play-off semi-final against Scotland.

The nations were slated to meet at Hampden on March 24 but Ukraine requested last week that the world governing body push back the tie following Russia's invasion of its country.

A new date must now be found in the international calendar, with the Nations League window in June an option. However, Wales' game with Austria will be staged as planned on March 24.

Fifa had already banned Russia from the 2022 World Cup but risk an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The World Cup finals take place from November 21-December 18 in Qatar, the first time football's global showpiece will be held in the Middle East.

It follows Monday's announcement by Fifa that foreign players and coaches working in Russia and Ukraine will be allowed to temporarily suspend their contracts and move elsewhere.

Sports bodies have barred Russia from international competition following the invasion of Ukraine and Fifa said the new measures were designed "to facilitate the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia" should they wish to leave.