Home / Articles / Maciej Rybus dropped by Poland after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow - The Athletic

Maciej Rybus dropped by Poland after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow - The Athletic

Maciej Rybus has been dropped by Poland after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow.Coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has also ruled out selecting the defender for...

  • Posted on 20th Jun, 2022 13:19 PM
  • 1160 Views
Maciej Rybus dropped by Poland after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow - The Athletic Image

Maciej Rybus has been dropped by Poland after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow.

Coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has also ruled out selecting the defender for this winter’s World Cup.

Poland refused to play Russia in their scheduled World Cup play-off semi-final in March due to the invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.

The country has taken in more than 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the conflict.

Rybus, 32, previously played for Lokomotiv Moscow between 2017 and 2022. However, he joined city rivals Spartak on a free transfer on June 11.

The Polish FA told The Athletic that the issue centres on Rybus choosing to remain in Russia, in contrast to his international team-mates Grzegorz Krychowiak and Sebastian Szymanski, who “are both willing to leave Russia”.

For example, Krychowiak utilised FIFA regulations allowing players in Russian leagues to unilaterally suspend their contract. He joined AEK Athens in March on a short-term loan until the end of the season.

A statement from the Polish FA read: “The coach of the Polish national team, Czeslaw Michniewicz, talked to Maciej Rybus, who was currently staying in Poland, after the training camp of the national team ended last week.

“The coach informed the player that, due to his current club situation, he would not be called up for the September training camp of the national team and would not take into account the team that would go to the World Cup in Qatar when determining the composition of the team.”

Rybus has made 66 appearances for Poland, making him one of the country’s most-capped defenders.

Poland have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup alongside Argentina, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Maciej Rybus dropped by Poland after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow - The Athletic View Story

Latest 20 Post