Poland to boycott World Cup play-off against Russia

Ukraine crisis

Poland to boycott World Cup play-off against Russia

Sports Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 21:02 26 February 2022   Updated: 21:05 26 February 2022

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski

Poland will boycott their World Cup play-off against Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine, with captain Robert Lewandowski saying "we can't pretend that nothing is happening".

Polish football association president Cezary Kulesza has said the team "does not intend" to play the game.

Russia are due to host Poland in Moscow on 24 March, while Ukraine travel to Scotland on the same day.

"The right decision," tweeted Lewandowski.

On Thursday, Fifa said it would monitor the situation after Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic said in a joint statement that play-off matches should not be played in Russia.

"No more words, time to act," tweeted Kulesza on Saturday.

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