April 10th, 2012
Slawomir Peszko & Marcin Wasilewski: You Booze, You Lose
L to R we have the rather unfortunately named Slawomir, as well as his partner in crime, Marcin. Images via Reuters and Google.
On Saturday night, FC Koln’s Slawomir Peszko and Anderlecht’s Marcin Wasilewski partied the night away in Cologne, Germany. After last call, they got into a witty, drunken exchange with a taxi driver that ended with the pair being dropped off at the police station.
Is this news? Perhaps. The Polish national team’s coach, Franciszek Smuda, believes this is an al-key-hol scandal of ginormous proportions, after all.
Speaking to Interia.pl, Smuda said:
“I can’t close my eyes on this incident…I exclude both players from the list of contenders for the Euro 2012 squad. The chances that they’ll be called up for the continental championship equal zero. They should be ashamed. The image of Poles in Germany has received another injection of negativity. Once again they are mentioned only in connection with fighting and boozing.”
So yes, this is news. Not because Peszko and Wasilewski’s binge drinking cost them their spots on Poland’s EURO 2012 squad [Ed note: the Polish Football Federation claims the coach's decision ain't final], but because we expect our footballers to exit nightclubs via the VIP back door in order to avoid the paparazzi, only to be led to their chauffeur-driven Maybach in waiting by the brawny bouncers. Players hopping into whatever taxi is at the stand is not what we’re used to.
Secondly, reports say the party pals are “embarrassed” about their actions, but really, how would you expect them to feel? Proud? They were riding in the backseat of a taxi together late at night with no women and wads of wonga falling out of their pockets.
Why didn’t any female companions offer to join them on a late night tour of the town? Where were the club-employed car services when they needed them?
That’s what we’re more concerned about here, Kickettes. Expression of your own outrage at this break in rank and file is also welcome.