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Poland refuses to play against Russia without waiting for FIFA’s decision

Given the lack of decisions by the International Football Federation (FIFA) after the Russian attack on Ukraine, the Polish Federation took a step this Saturday by announcing that it does not plan to face the Russian team at the end of March in the semifinals of a playoff to the World Cup in Qatar-2022.

“Enough talk, it’s time to act. Due to the escalation of aggression of (…) Russia in Ukraine, the Polish team does not plan to play the qualification match against the Russian team,” said the president of the Polish Football Federation, Cezary Kulesza, adding that “it is the only correct decision”.

Poland should initially face Russia on March 24 in Moscow in the semi-final of their play-off, a match organized by FIFA. If the Russians beat the Poles, they should then host either Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29, who meet on 24th in the other semi-final.


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