Poland, Sweden refuse to play Russia as Abramovich hands over Chelsea control

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Poland and Sweden insisted Saturday they will not play Russia in World Cup play-offs as Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich handed over control of the European champions in the latest shockwaves in sport following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Saturday saw the third day of hostilities since Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-scale invasion that has killed dozens of people, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours and sparked fears of a wider conflict in Europe. “The time for talking is over. It is time to act. Due to the escalation of the Russian Federation’s a…

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