European nation Ukraine refuses to provide live telecast or broadcast coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. According to company chief Zurab Alasania, the country is not going to provide the live broadcast of the upcoming Football World Cup games scheduled to be held in Russia this year. Ukraine has failed to qualify for the 21st edition of World Cup after finishing the qualification round at third spot behind the Iceland and Croatia.
Ukraine Refuses To Telecast 2018 FIFA World Cup Games
Zurab Alasania, the National Television Company of Ukraine chief said
“The Russia 2018 World Cup will take place this year. We are not going to broadcast. It’s a huge, multi-million-dollar thing, the rights to broadcast were acquired even before 2013. It’s a tough decision. Can we broadcast the World Cup in Moscow? No.”
The company also did not provide the live broadcast of FIFA World Cup 2018 draw which was held at State Kremlin Palace in December last year. The draw categorized all 32 teams of the competition into eight groups of 4 teams each.
In Group I of European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ukraine finished at third spot with 17 points in 10 games. Top team Iceland qualified for the World Cup directly as winners of this group. The second place Croatia also qualified after playing the second round. As Ukraine finished at the third spot, they were automatically eliminated from the competition.
Ukraine has played one edition of FIFA World Cup and it was the edition of 2006. It was not a bad start of Ukraine in the World Cup as they reached quarter-finals.
The 21st edition of FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be played from 14th June to 15th July in 12 Football Stadiums of 11 cities in Russia. Host nation Russia will play the opening game of the competition against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki stadium. What do you think which team will lift the trophy in Russia?