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The Polish Football Association has confirmed that it will not play the World Cup qualifier against Russia which. Is expected to be played in March 2022.
The decision was taken after UEFA decided not to kick out Russia from the qualifying game but rather the game be played at a neutral venue. The news was confirmed by the Polish FA in a tweet that they are no longer taking part in the qualifyying game.
No more words, time to act!' Kulesza said. '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. This is the only right decision. We are in talks with the Swedish and Czech Republic federations to present a common position to FIFA.
A joint statement was earlier released by the Swedish, Polish and Czech Republic FA writing to UEFA and FIFA for the change of venue as it concerns their game that involves Russia.
Based on the current alarming development in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, including the security situation the Football Associations of Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic express their firm position that the playoff matches to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scheduled for 24 and 29 March 2002, should not be played in the territory of the Russian Federation,' a statement read.
This means the winner of the game between Sweden and the Czech Republic will face Russia for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.