FIFA World Cup 2022: Poland captain Lewandowski pledges to ‘carry the colours of Ukraine’ in Qatar – SportsMediaz


Robert Lewandowski, the captain of Poland , increased his support for Ukraine, pledging to take an armband in the country’s blue-yellow flag colors to the World Cup in November. “I will carry the colours of Ukraine to the World Cup. As a player and a man, I support peace and I believe such symbolic gestures matter,” he said.

After a week that brought fresh hope to Ukraine and its allies, Shevchenko, who has spent the duration of the conflict petitioning the world of sport for support, met with one of the first elite athletes to rally to the cause.

Back in February, days after Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, Lewandowski called for the postponement of Poland’s international fixture against Russia.

Thousands of Ukrainians have been killed or displaced since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Thousands of Ukrainians have been killed or displaced since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
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When he next took the field for Bayern Munich, his teammates wore black armbands to honour the victims of the invasion, while Lewandowski, the Bayern captain, wore an armband in the colours of Ukraine.

Since then, he has been a constant ally of Ukraine, while Shevchenko has travelled Europe meeting athletes, governing bodies, politicians and refugees to highlight the issues the invasion has caused.