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Poland charged with fan racism by UEFA; Czech Republic, Ukraine face crowd charges

Gab Marcotti says Federico Chiesa and Jack Bonaventura turned the tide for Italy in their draw with Poland, but the first half raised concerns.
Poland couldn't hang on for the win in their UEFA Nations League opener, as Jorginho's second-half penalty rescued a point for Italy in Bologna.

UEFA has charged Poland with fan racism in a Nations League game, while the Czech Republic and Ukraine face charges for crowd unrest.

These are the first disciplinary cases involving Europe's newest international competition. UEFA didn't specify what Polish fans are alleged to have done in Friday's 1-1 draw with Italy, but said the case would be heard Sept. 21.

Both the Czech Republic and Ukraine are charged over pitch invasions in their game Thursday, while Ukraine's fans are also accused of crowd...

Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek retires from Poland duty

Poland defender Lukasz Piszczek says he is retiring from the national team following a poor World Cup performance.

Piszczek wrote on Instagram on Saturday that he was taking a "hard but rational" decision and was ending his "adventure with the representation."

In an interview for Wirtualna Polska, the 33-year-old Borussia Dortmund defender said his performance was a "great surprise" to him and that his physical condition failed him at the tournament in Russia.

Poland were eliminated in the group...


Robert Lewandowski had 'many sleepless nights' after Poland's World Cup failure

Robert Lewandowski says he has endured "many sleepless nights" after Poland's disappointing World Cup and that his poor performance is still affecting him.

The striker failed to score in Russia this summer as Poland made a premature exit in the opening stage despite being the seeded team in Group H.

And Lewandowski told Przeglad Sportowy that it has not been easy to put his failure behind him

"I had many sleepless nights. I was thinking about what went wrong and several times coming back...

Poland coach Adam Nawalka: We had to offer a little bit of joy to the fans

Poland coach Adam Nawalka said his team had needed to beat Japan in their final World Cup match on Thursday to prove they were not quitters and bring some joy to their country's football fans after a miserable campaign in Russia.

A goal from central defender Jan Bednarek on the hour mark delivered Poland their first win at the World Cup finals since they beat Costa Rica in Hanover in 2006 -- another meaningless group match for the Poles.

While Japan sneaked through to the knockout stages despite...