Sports Minister ‘ready to quit’ after National Stadium fiasco
October 24, 2012
Under fire: Joanna Mucha
Polish Sports Minister Joanna Mucha has said she is ready to resign following a debacle in which Poland’s World Cup qualifier against England had to be postponed after heavy rain flooded the pitch at the National Stadium in Warsaw, a government spokesman said Tuesday.
The government is today to announce the findings of a probe into why the retractable roof of the flagship stadium, built in the run-up to June's Euro 2012 soccer championships jointly hosted by Poland, was not closed ahead of the match, despite forecasts of bad weather.
Thousands of Poland and England fans were left fuming after last week's World Cup qualifier had to be put off, while the fiasco turned into a major political row.
Opposition parties have demanded Mucha’s head, pointing out that Poland and its National Stadium -- for many a symbol that the country had finally left behind its communist past and emerged as a modern European country -- had become the butt of jokes at home and abroad.
The England-Poland match was played last Wednesday, a day later than originally planned, ending in a 1:1 draw.