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

The Ukraine football authorities made a request to FIFA last week to postpone the game, which is scheduled for 24 March at Hampden Park.

The winners of the game were scheduled to meet Wales or Austria in a play-off final on 29 March. That fixture will go ahead as planned at the Cardiff City Stadium this month.

FIFA said in a statement: "On March 3 2022, the Ukrainian Association of Football wrote to FIFA requesting that its qualification match(es) be rescheduled owing to the impossibility of organising both the travel and training of a team under the current circumstances.

"Following consultation with UEFA and the four participating member associations in Path A of the European qualifying play-offs, it was unanimously agreed in the spirit of solidarity to accept this request."

The FIFA statement added: "It was further agreed that the match between Wales and Austria will remain as scheduled on 24 March 2022, owing to the need to limit the disruption to the competitive matches already scheduled for the June window in what is an already congested calendar.

"Alternative fixtures for affected teams in the March window are being explored by the relevant parties.

"Similarly, the details of the rescheduled fixtures will be announced in due course and the international match calendar window of June will be adapted as necessary for the teams concerned once these details have been finalised."

The Scottish Football Association has been in regular contact with both FIFA and UEFA since Russia's invasion of Ukraine to discuss both the play-off game and a women's World Cup qualifier between the two countries, which is scheduled for 8 April.

The men's team are also due to host Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League on 7 June but their World Cup play-off looks likely to be moved to that month.

Scotland are due to play Republic of Ireland plus a double header against Armenia in June's Nations League schedule while Ireland are also scheduled to play Ukraine twice in 10 days.

With the World Cup draw set for 1 April, FIFA will hope to complete the qualification process in the next available window, if feasible. There will be two more places in Qatar down for decision in the intercontinental play-offs in June.

The FAI released a statement confirming the postponement.

"We are currently in talks with UEFA on the implications of this postponement for our UEFA Nations League fixtures in June and will update when we have more information," read the statement.

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