In a short statement on Tuesday evening, the PZPN confirmed that FIFA had decided to hand Poland a walkover for their scheduled World Cup play-off match against Russia. The Biało-czerwoni will now host either Sweden or Czech Republic for a place at the World Cup!
Poland had been scheduled to play against Russia in Moscow, but refused following the latter’s invasion into Ukraine. As a result, FIFA were forced into a decision.
On Twitter, PZPN president Cezary Kulesza announced: “ FIFA today penalised Russia with a forfeit. And very well! As a result of the war in Ukraine, Russian football must also bear responsibility. Zero tolerance for a country that brutally kills civilians… And we showed that football solidarity makes sense! And we continue to support Ukraine.”
The Poles will now host the winner of the match between Czech Republic and Sweden at the Stadion Śląski in Chorzów, on March 29th, for a place at the World Cup.
There has been talk of playing a friendly match in place of the previously scheduled match against Russia, with rumours that a representative team from the Basque region had offered to meet the Poles. As of yet, there has been no confirmation.