Warsaw (AFP) – 02/26/2022. 16:54
Poland announces its refusal to face Russia in the World Cup qualifiers
Poland refused to face Russia in the European play-off for the World Cup finals 2022 The president of the Polish Football Association announced today, Saturday, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
With the Russian invasion entering its third day, the President of the Polish Federation, Cesare Kulesa, said in statements highlighted by the agency ”AFP“:”It’s time to talk.. It’s time to work. Due to the escalation of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the Polish national team is not considering a play-off against Russia“adding that this is it ”Right decision.
The Polish Football Association president said he would work with the Swedish and Czech federations (The winner between them will face the winner between Russia and Poland in Russia) To present a unified position to FIFA ”Viva.
The three federations issued a consolidated statement on Thursday asking FIFA to transfer play-off matches from Russia, which hosted the World Cup four years ago..
Poland captain welcomed Robert Lewandowski Who tweeted Friday that he will consult his teammates about the match, with the decision of his country’s federation. Bayern Munich’s top scorer tweeted:: ”Right decision!”.
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
Lewandowski continued: ”I can’t imagine playing a match with the Russian national team while the armed aggression continues in Ukraine.
Thus, the consequences of the Russian invasion of football continue, as the European Football Association announced on Friday the transfer of the final match of the European Football Championship Champions Leaguewhich was scheduled in 28 Mayo In Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a stadium ”Stade de France“ In Paris against the background of the invasion Russian for Ukraine.
Following the attack of the Russian armed forces on Ukraine, the European Union said to the game Its President, Aleksander Ceferin, called for an urgent meeting of the Executive Committee of the Federation on Friday morning to discuss the repercussions of the current crisis on Ukraine.
On Thursday, a number of members of the European Parliament asked the European Union Changing the venue of the Champions League final and not holding any international tournaments for the popular game in Russian cities.
The European Football Association also announced that the matches of the Russian and Ukrainian clubs and teams scheduled on its soil will be held in neutral stadiums..