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26th Feb 2022

Poland refuses to play World Cup play-offs with Russia in response to Ukraine invasion

Simon Bland

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‘No more words, it’s time to act. This is the only right decision’

Poland has revealed that it will refuse to play the World Cup play-offs with Russia, due to take place in late March, due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The game was due to be played on Friday, March 25, with the winners expected to play either Sweden of the Czech Republic four days later in order to secure a spot in the Qatar-hosted finals later this year in November.

However according to reports from Sky News, an FA official has revealed that, due to the ongoing and continually escalating situation in Ukraine, Poland will not play Russia in next month’s match.

“No more words, it’s 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,” explained an FA spokesperson.

“This is the only right decision. We are in talks with the Swedish and Czech federations to bring forward a common position to FIFA.”

A FIFA spokesperson later told Sky Sports News that they would continue to monitor this situation and reveal an updated plan regarding the game in the coming days.

More on this story as it develops…

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