President welcomes decision to cancel soccer match in Moscow

PZPN President Cezary Kulesza announced on Twitter on Saturday that "due to the escalation of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland's president has welcomed a decision by the national football association (PZPN) to cancel a Polish national team match against Russia in Moscow, writing on Twitter: "You don't play bandits."

PZPN President Cezary Kulesza announced on Twitter on Saturday that "due to the escalation of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia.

"It's the only right decision," he added. "We're holding talks with the Swedish and Czech federations to present FIFA with a common position."

Referring to the news, President Andrzej Duda tweeted: "And right Mr President Cezary Kulesza. You don't play bandits!"

Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, wrote on Facebook that he was "very proud and grateful for the decision; there are situations where it's not worth calculating."

On March 24, Poland was supposed to play Russia in Moscow in the play-off semi-final for World Cup qualification. In the event of Russia winning, a deciding match would be held on March 29 with the winners of a game between Sweden and Czechia travelling to Moscow.