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FIFA yet to act on huge Russia match, says football chief

FIFA is yet to clarify the status of Russia’s Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff match against Poland less than three weeks before the game , a prominent figure in the Polish Football Association (FA) has claimed.

National team manager and media officer Jakub Kwiatkowski said on Friday that world football’s governing body “has still not made a decision” on the semifinal.

FIFA has publicly announced that Russia is suspended from its competitions “until further notice” following the invasion of Ukraine, while the Polish FA previously said it would refuse to play any matches against Russia in a statement that was emphatically backed by national team captain and star striker Robert Lewandowski.

Now Kwiatkowski has said his World Cup hopefuls are still in limbo over the game they are due to play in Moscow on March 24.

“We have not received any correspondence from the international federation on this matter,” Kwiatkowski told his Twitter following of almost 70,000 in the latest of a series of posts about Russia and Ukraine. “All the information that appears on this subject in the media is purely speculation.”

The winners of the match are due to host the victors of the semifinal between Sweden and the Czech Republic in a final on March 29 to decide who will go to the finals in November and December.

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