FIFA has launched an investigation into England’s livid half-time bust-up with
Poland throughout final night time’s World Cup qualifier.
Both teams were caught in a heated on-pitch row as they headed towards the
tunnel at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw.
Television cameras captured Kamil Glik appearing to pinch Kyle Walker’s neck right
in front of referee Daniel Siebert — and the England defender was among those most
incensed during the clash.
A report has been submitted to the match officials, with the FA waiting to see what
action FIFA, who announced today they are investigating the incident, might take
After the 1-1 draw, Gareth Southgate said: “We’re getting to grips with what that was.
There’s been a report put in and we need to find out a little bit more about what’s
“We’re still gathering all the evidence so there’s no point speculating further.”
Harry Kane added: “There was an incident reported to the FA. They’re investigating
and we’ll go from there.
“Allegedly it was something that was done, not said.”
Glik described the incident as “ordinary” and claimed he had tried to shake Walker’s
“It was an ordinary field jostling,” the Poland defender told TVP Sport. “It all started
with a free kick for us. There was a fight for position, a scuffle. I tried to shake
Walker’s hand, but he wouldn’t take it. It was a verbal scuffle, nothing else
The Poland media officer and team manager, Jakub Kwiatkowski added: “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.”
FIFA, however, is looking into the matter and a spokesperson said: “FIFA is in the
process of analyzing 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.”