“The position of the Finnish Hockey Association is that players playing in Russia next season will not be able to play for the national team,” the association said.

Finland and Sweden will ban from their national ice hockey teams any of their players who appear in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League from next season, AP reports.

Both ice hockey federations announced their decisions on Monday, two days after the KHL season ended.

“The position of the Finnish Hockey Association is that players playing in Russia next season will not be able to play for the national team,” the association said.

The statement followed public and media criticism of players in their respective men’s national teams who appeared in the KHL.

Most foreign players left the KHL after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, but defenseman Mikko Lehtonen was one prominent Finn who stayed at SKA St. Petersburg to the end of the season.

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