Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic release joint statement REFUSING to travel to Russia for 2022 World Cup play-off

POLAND, Sweden and the Czech Republic have released a joint statement REFUSING to play in Russia for the World Cup play-offs.

Russia are scheduled to play the Poles in Moscow, with the winners playing either Sweden or Czech Republic.

The overall victor then guarantees themselves a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

But the three teams involved have released a statement expressing their 'firm position' to not play in Russia.

It reads: "Based on the current alarming development in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine including the security situation, the Football Associations of Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic express their firm position that the play-off matches to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, scheduled for 24 and 29 March 2022 should not be played in the territoryof the Russian Federation.

"The signatories to this appeal to not consider travelling to Russia and playing football matches there.

"The military escalation that we are observing entails serious consequences and considerably lower safety for our national football teams and official delegations.

"Therefore, we expect Fifa and Uefa to react immediately and to present alternative solutions regarding places where these approaching play-offs can take place."

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