Poles, Swedes and Czechs prepare to contact FIFA over Russia

Reports emerged on Thursday afternoon that the PZPN, along with both the Swedish and Czech Football Associations, are preparing to issue a letter to FIFA regarding the upcoming World Cup play-offs.

Poland are due to face Russia in Moscow on 24th March, with the winner hosting either Sweden or Czech Republic four days later.

Due to the tense situation on Ukraine’s eastern border, the PZPN issued a statement earlier in the week asking FIFA for clarification on the situation. This morning’s despicable invasion of the country has, however, pushed the three federations to demand action from world football’s governing body. A statement from PZPN president Cezary Kulesza, Swedish FA president Karl-Erik Nilsson, and Czech FA president Petr Fousek is expected.

While moving the match to a neutral venue is the most likely outcome, some have even called for FIFA to expel Russia from the play-offs altogether. A similar situation occured back in 1992, when Yugoslavia were expelled from the European Championship as the country broke up and descended into warfare.

Meanwhile, a handful of Polish clubs have commented on the events in Ukraine; most notably Cracovia and Legia Warsaw, who have Ukrainian players Yevhen Konoplyanka and Ihor Kharatin within their ranks.

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