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Finland forward Riku Riski refuses to play match in Qatar for ‘ethical reasons’

  • Riski turns down call-up for friendly with Sweden in Doha
  • ‘I was pretty clear; I didn’t want to go’ says HJK forward

Finland face neighbours Sweden in an international football friendly in Qatar on Tuesday – but it has been revealed that one Finnish player, forward Riku Riski, refused to travel to the 2022 World Cup hosts for “ethical reasons”.

Riski, who plays for HJK Helsinki and has 26 Finland caps, was called up to the squad for games with Sweden and Estonia as part of a winter training camp in the Gulf state, but refused to travel because of “the ethical reasons and values I wanted to act upon”.

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