As reported by journalist Krysztof Stanowski earlier this morning, Poland’s national team players have issued a statement this morning refusing to play in their upcoming World Cup play-off match against Russia.
Via the Polish national team’s official account, Łączy nas Piłka, The players announced they have no intention of playing the match at the end of March.
“We, the players of the Polish national team, together with the Polish Football Association, decided that as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, we do not intend to play in the play-off match against Russia”, the statement read.
“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 Kędziora, who is still in Kyiv with his family.”
As well as via the official PZPN accounts, the statement was shared on the social media accounts of key players including Kamil Glik.
PZPN President Cezary Kulesza had earlier offered a similar statement via his Twitter account, with Robert Lewandowski commenting that “It is the right decision”, and that “Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we can’t pretend that nothing is happening.”