The Polish Football Association has released a statement denying defender Kamil Glik racially abused England’s Kyle Walker during yesterday’s World Cup qualifier.
FIFA are investigating allegations of an incident just before half-time of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying 1-1 draw in Poland.
The first half of the match ended with raised tempers as Glik appeared to pinch Walker’s neck, prompting a furious response from Harry Maguire.
It is claimed members of the English FA – including security officer Tony Conniford – made the racism allegation outside the changing rooms at half-time to Glik, the Polish FA and the fourth official, Daniel Schlager.
Polish FA spokesman Jakub Kwiatkowski said: “The English FA said there had been a racist remark made but Glik says that is completely not true.
“I know the players and they have not done that and nor would they. We completely deny any allegations of wrongdoing.”
In a separate statement, Fifa 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 English FA are yet to publicly comment on the incident, but it is claimed they are conducting their own inquiry alongside FIFA’s.
A brawl commenced as the goalless first half ended when Glik touched Walker.
An irate Maguire had to be calmed down by substitute Kieran Trippier, before he and Glik received yellow cards from referee Daniel Siebert as the teams headed to the tunnel.
Witness statements were taken in the tunnel at half time, before it was decided the game should continue for the second half.
Glik was later asked about the incident by Polish TV, but played down what happened and revealed Walker refused to shake his hand.
He admitted there was a ‘verbal scuffle’ but denied any racial language or gestures.
“There was some scuffle,” Glik said. “Later, I wanted to shake Walker’s hand but he didn’t accept it.
“There was some verbal scuffle but nothing more happened there.”
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