Cezary Kulesza decided to speak out about the latest reports by “Gazeta Wyborcza” regarding his work in the union. The president of the Polish Football Association defends himself against the accusations, not mincing his words. The former head of Jagiellonia admitted that he had evidence that he had been slandered.
The last year for the Polish Football Association was certainly very difficult. The association has suffered many image failures, and the team’s sports results certainly did not help it overcome this crisis. Recently, new facts have begun to come to light, adding fuel to the fire. According to anonymous informants of “Gazeta Wyborcza” working in the union, e.g. Paulo Sousa escaped from Poland, among others. because he couldn’t stand the smell of alcohol during national team training camps.
Cezary Kulesza defends himself against the accusations
Cezary Kulesza commented on this accusation in a recent interview for “Przegląd Sportowy” Onet. “It has never happened that activists from the PZPN management, including me, were drunk during training or anywhere near the national team. I categorically state that there have been and are not such situations. An anonymous informant? How can I defend myself against these absurd accusations that are being made publicly? Where is there any evidence other than someone telling someone something?” – he asked rhetorically.
In his defense, he also cited a story from the times when he was still the president of Jagiellonia Białystok. “Many players, coaches, activists and other employees have passed through the club. A total of several hundred, maybe half a thousand. They left in different circumstances, and it is known that such separations are not always pleasant. Please ask any of these people if I ever came to a Jagiellonia training session drunk. And I came to watch the team’s activities several times a week. Why should I behave differently in the national team?” – added
“I’m not a child, I haven’t played football for the first few months and I know what the rules are. Well, there is an anonymous source and I have to prove that someone is defaming me. Anonymous accusations can be used to slander anyone in this way, even by inventing the stupidest stories,” he said.
Cezary Kulesza has evidence
The article by “Gazeta Wyborcza” also included information that the president of the Polish Football Association was to appear at the planned team training on September 11, 2021 before the match against Andorra under the influence of alcohol. “In this case, I have evidence that I was not at this training at all. First of all, there is a video recording of the entire class and I am not in the video at any point, and I would have to be visible because few people were watching the class,” he confessed.
“There is also more important evidence – after landing in Barcelona, it was too late for us to make it to training. We took buses from the airport straight to the hotel,” he concluded.