Poland refutes racism claim

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Poland refutes racism claim

B-Metro

The Poland Football Association are adamant their players did not racially abuse England footballers after Fifa launched an investigation into the bust-up that marred Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier.

The England FA are refusing to publicly comment on the controversy as they conduct their own inquiries in search for total clarity on what happened at half-time in Warsaw.

But their Polish counterparts have strenuously insisted that any assertions that their players made racially motivated comments or gestures to the England players are false.

“The English FA made a complaint at half-time to Fifa to investigate and review what happened at half-time,” confirmed Jakub Kwiatkowski, the Poland team manager to Sportsmail.

“But I am 100 percent sure the players were not racist, I am convinced of that. I know the players and they would not do that.”

Both two teams clashed at the end of the first-half with footage showing Glik pinching Walker’s throat.

The flashpoint sparked a mass confrontation between both sides as they headed for the tunnel. Glik insisted it was only a “verbal scuffle”.

It is understood that at half-time two officials from the Football Association, team manager Emily Webb and head of security Tony Coniford, communicated to the fourth official the complaint which was then lodged to the match commissioner.

Witness statements were taken and it was decided the game should continue.

Glik, who plays for Italian Serie B side Benevento, admitted trading insults with Walker and revealed that the Manchester City defender refused the offer of a handshake later on.

Speaking to TVP Sport after the game, Glik said: ‘There was some scuffle. Later, I wanted to shake Walker’s hand but he didn’t accept it.

“There was some verbal scuffle but nothing more happened there.”

That came as Fifa began its own probe. A statement from football’s governing body said: “Fifa is in the process of analysing the official match reports of the Fifa World Cup qualifier match between Poland and England.

“The relevant information will be assessed by the competent disciplinary bodies in order to decide on next steps.”

The fallout continued after Zbigniew Boniek, the head of the Poland FA and a Uefa vice-president, accused England of “hypocrisy” after they took the knee. Boniek, a former Poland international, took to Twitter this morning and said:

“First they kneel and then Walker looks at him contemptuously @kamilglik25 and doesn’t want to shake Kamil’s hand . . . total hypocrisy, that’s where it all started.”

The gesture ahead of kick-off had received a hostile reception from large sections of the crowd.

Referee Daniel Siebert had signalled for the interval, but both teams then suddenly met in the middle of the pitch in an altercation with Glik and Harry Maguire involved.

Both players were shown yellow cards after the row, and footage quickly surfaced showing Glik bizarrely pinching Walker’s neck at a free-kick, leading to the reaction from his Three Lions team-mates.

The two players were seen getting involved in a heated exchange just after the start of the break, with both aiming gestures at each other and clearly irked.

Broadcast cameras panned to the crowd initially, but quickly flashed back on to the pitch to show the brawl, with more and more stars piling in to intervene. — Reuters

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