In Bosnia and Herzegovina, many people are unhappy with the decision made by the Bosnian Football Association (NSBIH) to play a friendly match against Russia in Saint Petersburg in November. The NSBIH announced on Friday. In a press release, the NSBIH states that this meeting will take place on November 19, which is the eve of the opening of the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18). The Russian national team will not be competing in this tournament because FIFA and UEFA have banned them from all international competitions following their invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The World Cup will take place from November 20-December 18.
“This is not the best course of action. There is always something wrong when the selection starts getting good results,” lamented one of the stars of the Bosnian team, Miralem Pjanic (107 caps), who was passed by Juventus and Barcelona and is now competing in the United Arab Emirates championship. Pjanic is currently competing in the United Arab Emirates championship. “I am speechless. My viewpoint is known to the federation,” he continued, as quoted by the media outlet sportske. ba.
Benjamina Karic, the mayor of Sarajevo, expressed her disapproval of the decision and made a veiled threat to sever all ties of collaboration between her city and the NSBIH if the match went forward as planned. “The decision of the federation to play a friendly match against Russia is one that we strongly deplore,” said the team. “Sarajevo has been a city besieged by an aggressor for a long time,” Karic stated, referring to the Serbian siege of her city during the war in Bosnia (1992-1995), which occurred amid the breakup of Yugoslavia. The war in Bosnia took place between 1992 and 1995.