Russia’s Euro 2012 rivals, Poland, will lack two of their key players at this summer’s event as an alcohol scandal saw Slawomir Peszko and Marcin Wasilewski kicked out of the team.
On Saturday night in the German city of Cologne, the drunken footballers quarreled with a taxi driver, who drove them straight to the police station.
"I can’t close my eyes on this incident,” Franciszek Smuda, the Polish national team’s coach, told Interia.pl. “I exclude both players from the list of contenders for the Euro 2012 squad. The chances that they’ll be called up for the continental championship equal zero. They should be ashamed. The image of Poles in Germany has received another injection of negativity. Once again they are mentioned only in connection with fighting and boozing.”
Meanwhile, the Polish Football Federation claims that Smuda’s decision is not final. The coach is expected to travel to Germany this week to watch the match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and is expected to have a talk with the disgraced players.
Slawomir Peszko, who plays for German side FC Koln, has 25 caps and one goal for Poland.
An experienced defender for Belgium’s top side Anderlecht, Marcin Wasilewski has played 45 games for his country.
Poland is co-hosting Euro 2012 together with Ukraine. Russia, Greece and the Czech Republic are their rivals in the group stages.
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