Robert Lewandowski responds to Poland’s decision of not playing World Cup playoffs against Russia

Polish football captain in favour of the Polish Football Association’s decision to boycott World Cup playoffs.

Robert Lewandowski, in a response to a tweet of the Polish Football Associations’ President, Mr Cezary Kuseza, about the boycott of playoffs, said that it was only the right decision to do so.

The Polish captain said,” 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.”

 

The Polish Football Association’s President is in talks with the association of Sweden and the Czech Republic to come together for common ground and present a position to FIFA that highlights the ongoing crisis and the refusal of the teams to play against the Republic of Russia in the World Cup. The winners of the match between the Czech Republic and Sweden were supposed to play against the winners of Poland and Russia to qualify for the World Cup later this year.

Other Polish national team players also took to social media to express their concern and support in favour of the move. “It is not an easy decision, but there are more important things in life than football, our thoughts are with the Ukrainian nation and our friend from the national team, Tomasz Kedziora, who is still in Kyiv with his family”, Kamil Glik, Mateusz Klich, Matty Cash and others wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The FIFA president has not responded to the statements of Mr Cezary Kuseza, but Mr Infantino said on Thursday evening that FIFA is closely monitoring the situation and that there will be an update about the World Cup qualifiers soon.

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