OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Norwegian Football Federation kicked midfielder Mathias Normann from the national team this month because he is joining a new club in Russia.
Norwegian sports have taken a tough stance on Russian issues since invading Ukraine in February, including refusing to accept skiers from the country in races last season.
Normann has returned to Russia with his former club Rostov after playing in the English Premier League at Norwich last season, and is reportedly close to joining Dynamo Moscow.
Norwegian FA president Lise Klaveness said on Monday that she and coach Ståle Solbakken had agreed Normann could not be selected due to his decision to join a new club in Russia.
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Normann, 26, has played 12 games for Norway since making his debut in 2019.
Fueled by five goals from Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, Norway top their Nations League group ahead of playing in Slovenia and hosting Serbia on September 24 and 27, respectively. The team did not qualify for the World Cup.
Poland’s World Cup squad also took action against a Russia-based player, saying in June that defender Maciej Rybus would not be selected after signing a two-year contract to join Spartak Moscow.
Russian football teams have been banned from international competitions by FIFA and UEFA due to the war with Ukraine, including the withdrawal of men’s and women’s World Cup qualifying and the Champions League finals. Women’s Europe in July.
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