The Polish national football team has refused to compete in its World Cup qualifier against Russia next month in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Cezary Kulesza, president of the Polish Football Association, announced on Twitter that Poland was in talks with other clubs to introduce a unified position to FIFA.
“No more words, time to do!”, Kulesza wrote, saying the move was affected by the ‘upgrade of fat’.
Minutes after the announcement, Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski, the country’s all-time leading scorer, responded immediately to say it was the right decision.
He wrote on his Twitter account: “I can not imagine playing a game with the Russian national team in a situation where military aggression in Ukraine continues.”
“Russian footballers and fans do not stand for this, but we can not pretend that nothing happened.?
It was the right decision! I can not imagine playing a game with the Russian Federation in a situation where military aggression in Ukraine continues. Russian footballers and fans do not stand for this, but we can not pretend that nothing is happening. https://t.co/rfnfbXzdjF
– Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) March 26, 2022
Previously, Poland had only stated that it did not want to play the final match in Moscow on March 24.
The winners will play Sweden or the Czech Republic for a place in the Qatar World Cup.
Russian troops stormed the Ukrainian capital on Saturday, following a night of explosions and street fighting that sent Kyiv residents to seek refuge.
It was not immediately clear how advanced the Russian military was. Ukrainian government officials reported some success in stopping the attacks, but fighting continued near the capital.