Polish footballer Maciej Rybus has been excluded from representing his country in the World Cup due to his participation in the Russian team despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


Polish footballer Maciej Rybus has been excluded from representing his country in the World Cup due to his participation in the Russian team despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Poland’s Maciej Rybus has been fined for representing his country at this year’s World Cup, after the defender signed for Russian Spartak Moscow.

It is recalled that a huge number of foreign players have left Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, but the 32-year-old left back Rybus, who has played 66 times with Poland, moved to Spartak earlier this month after five years with the local rival Lokomotiv Moscow.

The ban was imposed because Poland is a top ally of Kiev and has been one of Ukraine’s biggest financial backers since the invasion began on February 24. The country has received more than 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees in the last four months.

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Poland’s national team had to refuse to play Russia in the semifinals of the World Cup play-off scheduled for March.

“The coach of the Polish national team, Czeslaw Michniewicz, spoke with Maciej Rybus, who is currently living in Poland, after the end of the national team training camp last week,” the Polish FA said in a statement.

“The coach informed the player that due to the current situation of the club, he will not be called up to the national team’s September training camp and will not be considered for the team that would go to the Qatar World Cup.”

Rybus has represented Poland at Euro 2012 and the 2018 World Cup since making his national team debut in 2009, but will not be at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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His Polish teammates Grzegorz Krychowiak and Sebastian Szymanski also play for clubs in Russia, Krasnodar and Dynamo Moscow respectively, but both are expected to leave this summer.

Poland will face Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup, which starts on November 21.

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