Russia-based footballer discusses ostracism from Poland — RT Sport News

Footballer Maciej Rybus has said he expected to be snubbed from the Polish national team after signing for Spartak Moscow – a move that ended his hopes of playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It was announced in June that Rybus, 33, would not be considered for his country’s selection after agreeing a two-year deal with Russian giants Spartak.

The left-back has changed clubs in the Russian capital after a five-year spell at Lokomotiv Moscow which yielded a Russian Premier League title, two Russian Cup successes as well as a Russian Super Cup triumph.

But his decision to join Spartak at the end of his contract at Lokomotiv has angered many in his homeland, despite Rybus having a Russian wife with whom he has two sons and is settled in the country.

An international career in which he won 66 caps for Poland, scoring two goals, is now over – although Rybus said he knew what awaited him when he signed for Spartak.

“I spoke to the coach of the national team, he explained to me that this was the current situation”, the defender told Sport-Express.

“When I stayed in Russia, I understood 100% that I would not go to the World Cup. I decided to stay here, my family is here, I have been in Russia for a long time.

Rybus acknowledged that in any case his years of advancement meant he may have missed out on selection for the Polish team.

“I have already played many matches for the national team. It’s time to play young, said Rybus, although he added that he was open to a recall in the future if Polish football bosses change their stance.

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Poland was among the first countries to demand football sanctions against Russia after the start of the conflict in Ukraine.

The Poles were due to face Russia in a World Cup qualifier semi-final in Moscow in March but refused to play the match.

Russian teams were then banned by UEFA and FIFA, granting Poland a bye to the qualifying final, where they beat Sweden to book their place at the Qatar World Cup later this year. .

Rybus was hampered by injury at the start of the 2022/23 season but came off the bench to play 23 minutes in Spartak’s 4-1 win over Fakel in the Russian Premier League on Saturday.

Spartak sit second in the table with 17 points from seven games played – one point behind leaders and current champions Zenit Saint Petersburg.

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