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2017-08-04 14:50:00

Statement of Legia Warsaw

Autor: Legia Warsaw
Regarding the publication of Simon Wiesenthal Center Legia Warsaw Football Club would like to stress very strongly that there are no grounds to link our Club to the incident that took place in Sochocin on Wednesday and that involved members of an Israeli team, Hapoel Petah Tikva.

Legia Warsaw Football Club has often publicly and clearly opposed to any form of agression and intolerance, hence we would like to express our astonishment at the statement published by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. That publication is based solely on the one-sided allegations posted on the Facebook profile of Hapoel Petah Tikva and we are deeply concerned that our earlier response to those false claims has been ignored.


In the light of the above, we do not understand on what basis the Simon Wiesenthal Center gave its statement to the media and filed a complaint to the UEFA Disciplinary Committee. 


We consider this action as unfunded and very harmful to the image of Legia Warsaw, because the incident took place 70 km away from Warsaw and the Legia stadium, what makes the case uninvestigable for the UEFA Disciplinary Committee. At the time of the incident, Legia Warsaw Football Club, along with its fans, was preparing for the qualifying UEFA Champions League match against FC Astana. Right before the game, our fans commemorated the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising sending a strong message, what makes mentioning the name of Legia Warsaw next to ‘fascists’ – the term used on the Facebook page of Hapoel Petah Tikva regarding Legia fans – an outrage and an appalling inversion of values. Let’s make it clear once again - Legia Warsaw Football Club has often publicly condemned antisemitism, fascism, nazism and any other form of verbal and physical aggression.


Considering the above, we believe that mentioning Legia Warsaw Football Club in the context of the incident from Sochocin is absolutely unfunded and unjustified. Not only is it harmful to Legia Warsaw Football Club, but also to the very idea of football and sport that in themselves have nothing to do with any form of aggression and intolerance.


We expect that Legia Warsaw Football Club will no longer be linked to that event and all the false claims, which are harmful to the club, will be immediately retracted. In any other case we will take appropriate legal actions due to harming our image. 


Contact for media:

Izabela Kruk

Media Officer

mob.  [+48] 519 520 946

e-mail izabela.kruk@legia.pl

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