POLAND didn’t take the knee earlier than their England conflict after their FA president mentioned the gesture was their ‘final subject of curiosity’.
Gamers have gone down on one knee internationally forward of kick-off at sporting matches to focus on the combat in opposition to social discrimination and injustice.
It began in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion however, significantly among the many English sport, to champion the No Room For Racism marketing campaign.
And whereas Paulo Sousa’s facet opted out, the England crew did take the knee forward of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Poland – who lined up with out injured Robert Lewandowski – as an alternative stood and pointed to the Uefa ‘Respect’ badge on their sleeves, simply because the Czech Republic did in Cardiff on Tuesday.
As reported by Sport in Poland, the Polish FA president Zbigniew Boniek mentioned on Monday: “I have no idea if we’ll kneel with the English.
“To date, this subject has not appeared on the coaching camp.
“There have been so many extra essential, extra harmful, that that is the final subject that pursuits us.”
Former Poland worldwide goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski – who was his nation’s hero between the sticks when England didn’t qualify for the 1974 World Cup – believes the taking of the knee is an idle political gesture and was not essential for his nation.
He informed Polish Radio 24: “I don’t need to say how our representatives ought to behave.
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“I can say with full accountability that I’d not kneel. I’ve an eagle on my chest and this doesn’t concern me.
“In our historical past, we had no the explanation why we must always do it now.”
A press release from the Polish FA learn: “The Polish Soccer Affiliation informs that the gamers of the Polish nationwide crew earlier than the match with England at Wembley took a impartial and apolitical place in the direction of the “Black Lives Matter” initiative.
“On the similar time, we emphasize that every one Polish representatives are collectively and severally against any manifestations of racism and intolerance.
“In its statutory actions and duties, the PZPN has at all times been guided by openness, observance of the rules of equality, tolerance and equal rights in the direction of all folks, no matter their place of residence, coloration of pores and skin, faith and political beliefs.
“To precise their objection, the Polish representatives, earlier than the primary whistle of the match with England, pointed to the “UEFA Respect” inscription on the left sleeve of the jersey, which refers back to the marketing campaign performed by the European federation in opposition to racism, xenophobia and intolerance.”
This follows the same assertion from the Czech FA a day earlier, which learn: “Following the occasions of the final days, weeks, and months, the administration of the Czech nationwide soccer crew along with the Soccer Affiliation of the Czech Republic need to collectively announce that the nationwide crew will take a impartial apolitical stance to sure subjects which have been resonating within the sports activities surroundings.
“This particularly considerations the Black Lives Matter initiative, through which some gamers kneel earlier than soccer matches.
“To precise their assist for the combat in opposition to racism and different shows of discrimination, xenophobia and antisemitism, the Czech nationwide crew will level to the Uefa Respect inscription on the left sleeve of their jerseys, referring to the Uefa marketing campaign of the identical title, earlier than the match in Wales.
“The intention of the Uefa Respect program is to work in the direction of unity and respect throughout gender, race, faith and talent of every particular person.
“We imagine that everybody ought to have the ability to play soccer, no matter age, gender, race, or any incapacity.
“On the similar time, we don’t tolerate any shows of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, and different intolerance.”
England ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley by a late strike from Harry Maguire.