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Poland and Sweden refuse to play with Russia


Warsaw, 27 February 2022 (TDI):  Poland and Sweden have refused to play with Russia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier playoff matches in response to the latter’s invasion of Ukraine.

Polish boycott:

The President of the Polish Football Association, Cezary Kulesza, took it to Twitter on Saturday to announce that “the Polish National Team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia”. He further shared that Poland was in talks with Sweden and the Czech republic to bring forward a joint statement to FIFA.

The captain of the Polish team also supported the decision of the association declaring it “the right decision”. He added, “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.”

Swedish response:

Later on Saturday, the Swedish Football Association also announced that the country’s team will not play the match with Russia.

The tweet by the Swedish Football Association urged FIFA to make a decision about canceling the March matches in which Russia will participate. He further announced that regardless of the choice FIFA makes, Sweden will not play against Russia.

Russia is scheduled to play against Poland in the semi-finals of the World Cup Qualifiers match. If it wins the match, the team would play against either Sweden or the Czech Republic in the Path B finals.
FIFA’s stance:

FIFA’s position is also unclear as it has not made any decision about the matter yet. The President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, on Thursday, expressed his shock at what was happening and said that FIFA “condones the use of force” but also stated that FIFA would not rush into making any decision about the future matches involving Russia.

Aiman Iqbal
Aiman Iqbalhttps://thediplomaticinsight.com/
Aiman Iqbal is the Managing Editor at the Journal of Peace and Diplomacy published by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), and the Assistant Editor of The Diplomatic Insight magazine. She holds an MPhil in International Relations. She can be reached at aimaniqbal106@gmail.com

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