Friday, October 6, 2023

Polish soccer players beaten by Dutch police. Polish justice ministry will investigate

Dorzeczy(.)pl: After the match between Warsaw's Legion (Legia) in Alkmaar and the local AZ, two players - Josue and Radovan Pankov - were detained by the police. They were removed from the bus and taken to the police station.

How did the whole situation develop? After the press conference with coach Kosta Runjaic and AZ Alkmaar coach Pascal Jansen, Legia's players started to leave the stadium and headed to the bus. When most of the players were already in the vehicle, someone decided to close the facility - reports Legia.Net.

The portal informs that the players and staff, together with the club's officials, wanted to leave the facility, but were blocked by security and the police. Then there were scuffles, and the Dutch security services did not shy away from using aggression (witnesses: punches were thrown) against the players, staff members, and even the president and owner of Legia, Dariusz Mioduski, according to the portal's report.

“As a result, two Legia players - captain Josue and defender Radovan Pankov - were pulled from the bus without any known reason, detained by the police and taken to the police station in a police car. The police gave an ultimatum: either the selected two players leave the bus, or it will be stormed and everyone will be taken out. The players were followed to the police station by Legia coach Kosta Runjaić, team manager Konrad Paśniewski and a lawyer associated with the club," reports

Footage showing a fragment of the incident also appeared on the X/Twitter platform. One of them clearly shows the aggressive behavior of police officers.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński commented on the matter.

"We are explaining the situation regarding with events in Alkmaar and elsewhere in the Netherlands. Our consuls provided support to the club and its employees already at night. Due to the nationality of the two detained players, we also provided appropriate information to the consuls of Portugal and Serbia."

MEP Patrick Jaki commented: Jaki: I will submit a request for a debate on the rule of law in the Netherlands.


It gets worse. Some soccer fans report that Poles had no right to be in the city until 6pm, more or less right before the game. People were being removed from restaurants and rented rooms, and driven away to other city, Hague. 

"It was clearly conveyed that they were not welcome there as Poles."

Team officials report that they were told that all of that started days earlier. 

 If true, that sounds like a major scandal.