Poland, Sweden Refuse to Play Russia in World Cup Playoff – What We Know!

Poland, Sweden Refuse to Play Russia in World Cup Playoff

Russia are due to participate in a head-to-head match with Poland subsequent month to determine which staff will take one of many remaining European qualifying spots for this yr’s soccer World Cup.

On Saturday, the Polish soccer federation introduced that it might not play the sport.

Below regular guidelines, that will imply they’re thrown out of the competitors and Russia would advance to play on the World Cup. Nevertheless, given Russia’s assault on Ukraine FIFA now has an enormous choice to make.

Sweden, a possible future opponent of Russia within the playoffs, later stated they’d additionally refuse to play Russia “no matter the place the match is performed”.

Russia had been resulting from host Poland within the qualifying playoff semi-finals on 24 March, with the winners transferring on to play both Sweden or Czech Republic for a spot on the World Cup in Qatar later this yr.

Kristoffer Olsson of Sweden and Pablo Martin Paez Gavira “Gavi” of Spain in motion through the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifier match.

Photograph By Joaquin Corchero/Getty Photos

Czech Republic joined Sweden and Poland on Friday in saying they’d additionally not play on Russian soil.

“The navy escalation that we’re observing entails critical penalties and significantly decrease security for our nationwide soccer groups and official delegations,” the soccer federations of Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden stated in an announcement.

The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski, arguably the world’s finest striker, backed the transfer regardless that it might price his staff a spot on the sport’s pinnacle. “The best choice!” Lewandowski wrote on Twitter. “I can’t think about enjoying a match with the Russian nationwide staff in a state of affairs when armed aggression in Ukraine continues.”

Putin confirmed how a lot worth he locations within the World Cup by staging a corrupt marketing campaign to safe the rights to host the event in 2018.