Russia vs Poland: will Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff match go ahead and FIFA stance as Putin starts Ukraine war
Russia are set to host Poland in a World Cup qualifier next month.
Russian president, Vladamir Putin, ordered troops into Ukraine today as they move closer to a potential war.
Poland’s Football Association (PZPN) have this week sought clarity from FIFA on their World Cup clash with Russia on March 24.
In a statement, the PZPN said: “The Polish FA has asked FIFA to urgenty clarify the issues related to the organisation of the match.”
The Polish governing body are hopeful of providing their players with ‘optimal conditions to prepare for and play international games’ and are ‘waiting for the position of the world federation authorities’.
The World Cup qualifier between the two national teams - due to take place at the Dinamo Lev Yashin Stadium - is set the play-off semi final to help decide who will earn a spot in Qatar this winter.
The current situation in Russia could also affect Sweden or Czech Republic, who could potentailly face Russia in Moscow in the play-off final.
Meanwhile, Ukraine are also competing in their own semi-final against Scotland - though the fixture will take place at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
The Champions League final was also due to take place at at the Krestovsky Gazprom Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, however UEFA are now planning to move it, with Wembley Stadium a potential location.