26.Feb .2022 16:30

Poland boycotts their upcoming World Cup playoff with Russia

Poland boycotts their upcoming World Cup playoff with Russia
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Poland have vowed to boycott their upcoming World Cup playoff with Russia because of the Ukraine invasion.

The Poles were due to travel to Moscow for the March 24 playoff semi-final for Qatar 2022, with the winner due to take on Sweden or Czech Republic.

But the Polish FA have announced they no longer plan to take part in the crunch match - a move which has been backed by striker Robert Lewandowski.

Last night, Polish FA president Cesary Kulesza tweeted: "No more words, time to act!

"Due to the escalation of the aggression of the Russian Federation towards Ukraine, the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia.

"This is the only right decision. We are in talks with the Swedish and Czech Republic federations to present a common position to FIFA."

Bayern Munich and Poland superstar Lewandowski supported the stance as he retweeted Kulesza's post, saying: "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."

Scotland are due to host Ukraine at Hampden on the same day, but it remains to be seen whether the fixture will go ahead.

The Champions League Final has already been moved from St Petersburg to Paris by UEFA after war broke out in the region.

Source: Footballschotland