Boris Johnson is wrong about Ukraine missing the World Cup at the expense of Scotland

BORIS JOHNSON almost made a mistake when he was asked whether Ukraine will receive a free ticket to the World Cup at the expense of Scotland.

Speaking at a NATO press conference in Brussels, The sun asked the Prime Minister several questions, including the war-torn country’s qualification for this year’s tournament in Qatar.


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Scotland Manager Steve Clark


Scotland manager Steve ClarkCredit: Kenneth Ramsay

Ukraine were supposed to play Scotland in the play-off semi-final tonight, but the match was rescheduled for June due to Russia’s invasion.

And Mr. Johnson was asked about the idea of ​​Ukraine automatically qualifying, a prospect that could theoretically lead to them getting a spot at the expense of Steve Clark’s team.

Our correspondent asked the prime minister: “You said earlier that you would like Ukraine to transfer the right to host the next World Cup.

“Would you like them to automatically qualify for the World Championship this year?”

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As part of a lengthy response to several points, Mr. Johnson replied: “Regarding Ukraine reaching the European level, is it European?

“I’m not, look, I am, football is not my best subject, as you know.”

After a press corps break, the prime minister added: “World Cup?

“You mean they should get bye and qualify automatically? Sounds like a good idea to me. But I’m out of my element here.

“I have to admit that this is not my strong point. I don’t, I don’t see why not, that’s my point of view.”

Then another reporter is heard saying, “Instead of Scotland?”

Mr Johnson replied, “James, I’m not going to say that.”

Then the same reporter showed up and said, “That’s who they’re playing.”


The Prime Minister responded with a nervous laugh and said, “I won’t comment on that, James. I won’t comment on it.”

But before moving on to the next question, Mr. Johnson said, “But let me put it this way.

“Given what Ukraine has gone through, given the hardships that Ukrainian footballers have had to endure, I am sure that they need to do all possible sympathy and indulgence.

“Let me put it this way. How about this?

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Meanwhile, Scotland will take on Poland in a friendly at Hampden tonight.

Both countries took the opportunity to raise money for UNICEF’s work in Ukraine, with £10 of each ticket sold going to charity.

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