Tension is Building up as Poland, Sweden, Czech Republic refuse to go to World Cup playoffs in Russia

Tension is Building up as Poland, Sweden, Czech Republic refuse to go to World Cup playoffs in Russia.

Some World Cup play-offs matches are now in jeopardy after Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic released a joint statement refusing to play in Russia.

Russia is scheduled to face Poland in the playoffs in March, with the match set to take place in Moscow.

The winner of that clash will face either Sweden or the Czech Republic, with the overall winner guaranteed a place in the World Cup in Qatar.

But the three countries on Thursday, February 24 released a statement expressing their firm stance to not play in Russia.

“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 territory of the Russian Federation,” the statement read.

“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.

Russia invades Ukraine

Russia president Vladimir Putin recently declared war on Ukraine, firing missiles on cities and military targets.

Putin, during a pre-dawn TV address, demanded that Ukraine’s military lay down its arms.

Ukraine has since declared martial law and all diplomatic relations with Russia have been severed.