The team leader has called Russia “the land of the invaders”
FIFA has not yet clarified the status of Russia’s playoff match in Qatar 2022 against Poland less than three weeks before the match is scheduled to take place, a prominent figure in the Polish Football Association (FA) has claimed.
National team manager and media manager Jakub Kwiatkowski said on Friday that the governing body of world football “still has not made a decision” on the semi-final.
The Polish Football Federation said earlier that they would refuse to play any matches against Russia in a statement that was emphatically supported by the league captain and star striker Robert Lewandowski.
Now Kwiatkowski has said that his World Cup hopefuls are still in limbo over the match they will play in Moscow on March 24.
“We have not received any correspondence from the International Federation on this issue,” Kwiatkowski told his nearly 70,000 Twitter followers in the latest of a series of posts about Russia and Ukraine. “All information contained in this subject in the media is pure speculation.”
Russia is appealing to the Sports Arbitration Court in the hope of being able to play the matches, although manager Valeri Karpin has described their situation as “hopeless”.
Sweden and the Czech Republic have also publicly announced that they will not play against Russia.
Kwiatkowski has called his team’s protest “no reason to celebrate”. “We acted only as the situation required,” he said.
“It is impossible to play football with the team that represents the country of the invaders.
“[The FA] with the players throwing a domino dice. We thank everyone who has shown solidarity. Let us support Ukraine. This is what you need most. “
The Russian Football Federation has called FIFA’s action discriminatory and harmful to everyone involved in the sport.
“Such actions divide the international sports community, which has always adhered to the principles of equality, mutual respect and independence from politics,” it added in response to FIFA’s announcement.
Kwiatkowski quoted FIFA’s human rights policy as saying it showed that the document was “more than just words on paper”.
He has also said that his association is “absorbed by football diplomacy” and has promoted aid efforts in which it is involved in supporting Ukraine.