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Poland refuses to play 2022 World Cup play-off against Russia (1 Viewer)

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Poland refuses to play 2022 World Cup play-off against Russia

Poland will not play their 2022 World Cup play-off with Russia in Moscow on March 24 because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the president of the Polish football federation said on Saturday. "The time for talking is over. It is time to act. Due to the escalation of the Russian Federation's aggression in Ukraine, the Polish team does not envisage playing the play-off against Russia," wrote Cezary Kulesza, adding it was the "only correct decision". He said he would work with the Swedish and Czech federations -- the winners of their match would have to play in Russia (on March 29) if the latter beat Poland -- to present a unified position to FIFA. The three federations issued a joint statement on Thursday demanding FIFA move the respective play-offs from Russia -- who only four years ago hosted the World Cup finals. Polish captain Robert Lewandowski -- who had tweeted on Friday he would consult his team-mates about the match -- welcomed his federation's move. "The right decision!" tweeted Bayern Munich's star striker. "I cannot imagine playing a match with the Russian national team in a situation when armed aggression in Ukraine continues.

A huge Dziękuję! to Poland.

As always, FIFA needs to get its shit together.
Russia shouldn't be allowed to participate or host any international sporting events until Putzin is gone from office and Russian troops are out of Ukraine (yes....ALL OF IT!))

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