As we slowly approach the Euro 2012 championships, which should be the best thing ever to happen to Polish football, the Polish football industry is busy getting an extremely bad name for itself. Even worse, as the interest builds the bad name is not confined to inside the Polish borders.
Mihir Bose is a respected journalist and the BBC’s sports editor. He writes a kind of blog on their website and is usually a good read. He was obviously invited to come to Poland, or just took it upon himself to pay us a visit. This should be great publicity for the sport in Poland but, unfortunately for Polish football, Mihir was born in India and so his article entitled “Polish football’s racism problem” is not exactly complimentary.
Add to this the recent hardening of attitudes against corruption in the game, fuelled by the admission of Dariusz Wdowczyk, former trainer of, among others, Kolporter Kielce, Legia Warszawa and Polonia Warszawa that he had bought matches in which Korona Kolporter Kielce were involved. The fall out of withdrawn sponsorship, including Orange the main sponsor of the entire league, might be hard to recover from.
The game is, without doubt, getting what it deserves, it is just a pity that all this dirty washing was not dealt with years ago. Is there time to clean it all out before 2012 or is this just going to give Platini even more ammunition to move 2012 somewhere else?