Polish football chiefs have rejected any insinuation that their players racially abused England stars after FIFA launched an inquiry into the bust-up that marred this week’s World Cup qualifier.
The FA are yet to publicly comment on the clash as they try to establish whether any players were the victims of discriminatory slurs.
FA chiefs were on Thursday reviewing footage from the incident in an attempt to determine why Harry Maguire, uncharacteristically, reacted angrily towards Poland defender Kamil Glik.
It is uncertain if there is enough evidence to prove wrongdoing by Polish players. But it is likely the FA will push for severe punishment if they can substantiate that players were racially abused.
England’s black players were targeted for racist abuse by home fans during last week’s 4-0 win in Hungary.
Kyle Walker was allegedly racially abused during England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland
The Polish FA has strenuously denied any allegations of racism levelled against their players
Supporters also widely booed England’s now customary anti-racism gesture of taking the knee before kick-off in Budapest, a reaction that was repeated in Warsaw this week.
But on Thursday Polish football’s governing body squashed any suggestion that the half-time melee was sparked by racially motivated actions from their players.
Poland’s team manager Jakub Kwiatkowski told Sportsmail: ‘The English FA made a complaint to FIFA to review what happened at half-time.
Glik grabbed Walker’s neck and it sparked a half-time brawl between England and Poland
Walker was left dumbfounded by Glik’s pinch but his team-mates reacted furiously soon after
‘But I am 100 percent sure the players were not racist, I am convinced. I know the players and they would not do that.’
Both teams clashed at the end of the first half with TV footage showing Glik pinching Kyle Walker’s neck.
The flashpoint sparked a mass confrontation when Maguire suddenly reacted angrily towards Glik.
Maguire and Glik were then at the centre of the skirmish and were both booked.
It is understood that at half-time two officials from the FA, team manager Emily Webb and head of security Tony Conniford complained to fourth official Daniel Schlager who then lodged it with FIFA’s match commissioner.
Witness statements were taken and it was decided the game should continue.
Glik and Harry Maguire exchanged stern words before referee Daniel Siebert had stepped in
The two players were shown a yellow card by the referee, despite pleading their innocence
Glik admitted trading insults with Walker and revealed that the Manchester City defender refused the offer of a handshake later on.
Glik said: ‘There was some scuffle. Later, I wanted to shake Walker’s hand but he didn’t accept it. There was some verbal scuffle but nothing more happened.’
FIFA said they are investigating the incident.
Social media users reacted to the incident with anger, and praised Walker for not responding to the provocation.
‘Kyle Walker did ever so well not to respond to the bully Glik, pulling the skin under his chin,’ one account said.
Social media users reacted with fury and praised Walker for not responding to the provocation
A second wrote: ‘Big up @kylewalker2 for not taking the bait when Glik tried to goad him by gripping his throat just before half time.
‘I’m sure if it was the other way round he would have gone down holding his face. Pity VAR didn’t get involved or maybe FIFA can act?’
And a third added: ‘Why is Glik, number 15 of Poland so aggressive? Was it necessary to pinch Kyle Walker’s skin on his throat?
‘Makes me mad that Maguire got a yellow card when the ref blind sighted Glik.’
Harry Kane pulled away several of his Three Lions colleagues after the altercation broke out
Before the coming together between the teams, no Poland players were booked despite the heated nature of the tie.
Kalvin Phillips, however, picked up a yellow for an innocuous challenge in midfield, while Kamil Jozwiak avoided punishment for bringing down Jack Grealish.
At half-time, pundit Roy Keane warned England to avoid being dragged into Poland’s no holds barred style of play.
Glik and Maguire were heavily involved as tempers rose but the officials soon regained control
‘They’ve been really aggressive,’ he said on ITV.
‘Plenty of tackling, plenty of fouls, the most I’ve seen for a long time in an international match.
‘England, of course, then have to be careful not to be drawn into that. I’m not saying you back down, but just keep your focus on the game.
‘That would keep the fans onside, as long as they stay in the game. England just have to be careful with that side of it.’