Robert Lewandowski’s Poland refuses to play World Cup playoffs vs Russia
Poland's Football Association president, Cezary Kulesza confirms that Poland will not play the World Cup qualifying fixture against Russia.
Poland will not play a World Cup qualifying football match against Russia next month because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the president of Poland's Football Association, Cezary Kulesza, said on Saturday (February 25).
It is the right decision! I can’t imagine playing a match with the Russian National Team in a situation when armed aggression in Ukraine continues. Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we can’t pretend that nothing is happening. https://t.co/rfnfbXzdjF — Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) February 26, 2022
Kulesza said the association was in talks with its Swedish and Czech counterparts regarding playoff matches set for March to fill a slot for the World Cup.
Poland has refused to play their FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier vs Russia .
FA president Cezary Kulesza “In light of the escalation of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine, the Polish national team is not going to play a match against Russian Republic." pic.twitter.com/uMFK4pPo55 — Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) February 26, 2022
"In light of the escalation of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine, the Polish national team is not going to play a match against Russian Republic," Kulesza said on Twitter.
"This is the only right decision. We are in talks with Swedish and Czech association to present a common position to FIFA."
Russia is due to host Poland in the semi-finals of its strand of the World Cup playoffs on March 24 and, if its team advances, is scheduled to host either Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 in the Path B final.