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Czechs refuse to face Russia in WC match

The Czech Republic have joined Poland and Sweden in refusing to face Russia in the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar regardless of the match venue.

A statement on Sunday said the executive committee of the Czech federation and players agreed it was “not possible to play against the Russian national team in the current situation”.

Poland were first to say they would not play Russia in their March 24 play-off semi-final even if the tie was moved from Moscow.

The winners of Sweden-Czech Republic in the other path B semi-final were then scheduled to go to Russia for the March 29 final.

The three nations initially called on FIFA to move matches from Russia, something the global football body declined to do immediately.

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