England fan angry at treatment in Poland after abandoned match due to waterlogged pitch

Fan's anger at 'farcical' scenes in Warsaw

Leighton O'Hara

The pitch in the Polish stadium in Warsaw, yesterday

First published in International Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

An avid England fan from Hampshire has hit out at the Football Association, after being caught up in yesterday's “farcical” scenes in Poland.

Leighton O'Hara, 40, made the 2,000-mile round trip to Warsaw yesterday, to watch the Three Lions in action in their crucial World Cup Qualifying fixture.

But the match at the National Stadium was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, after the Polish FA failed to close the stadium's roof.

Now Leighton, who travelled to the game with brother-in-law, Stuart Smith, alongside around 2,500 other England fans, has slammed both football associations for their part in the fiasco.

It also meant he had to come home and miss the re-arranged match this afternoon which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Publican, Leighton, from Hythe, said it felt like the Polish FA had “travelled back in time” by not utilising the multi-million pound arena's roof, despite torrential downpours in the build-up to kick off.

And Leighton also called on the English FA to lay on free flights for fans to their next game in Sweden, after “shocking communication” with the loyal supporters who travelled to the Polish capital yesterday.

He told the Daily Echo: “It was absolutely hammering it down when we got to the stadium - like a proper tropical storm.

“It was like a river outside. There must have been two inches of water. We got into the ground 90 minutes before the kick off and as soon as I saw the pitch I said 'there's no way this game is being played.'

“But the only communication we had was from people back home on our mobiles. We didn't get any news from the FA.

“There was nothing from them to help us. They have obviously arranged new flights for Adrian Chiles and co., so they can commentate for ITV. So why didn't they offer fans the same help?”

Leighton said he has been left £400 out of pocket after the day trip, which he booked with the FA's official travel partner, Thomson.

But he said he is not expecting any refunds from English football's governing body.

The match was put back by 20 hours and finally kicked-off at 4pm BST this afternoon.

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6:23pm Wed 17 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

Eh, why would the FA lay on flights for Adrian Chiles and co? I think ITV can afford it somehow. When are England fans going to realise the FA care sweet FA about what you think. If you're going to travel out there, stay a few days and see Warsaw. That way if anything goes wrong you have a contingency. In any event England served up a shower of sh...
Eh, why would the FA lay on flights for Adrian Chiles and co? I think ITV can afford it somehow. When are England fans going to realise the FA care sweet FA about what you think. If you're going to travel out there, stay a few days and see Warsaw. That way if anything goes wrong you have a contingency. In any event England served up a shower of sh... userds5050
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6:40pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SotonLad says...

"We got into the ground 90 minutes before the kick off and as soon as I saw the pitch I said 'there's no way this game is being played."

So why stay there and moan - go into Warsaw and do something else.


"Leighton said he has been left £400 out of pocket after the day trip, which he booked with the FA's official travel partner, Thomson"

Why is he out of pocket?
"We got into the ground 90 minutes before the kick off and as soon as I saw the pitch I said 'there's no way this game is being played." So why stay there and moan - go into Warsaw and do something else. "Leighton said he has been left £400 out of pocket after the day trip, which he booked with the FA's official travel partner, Thomson" Why is he out of pocket? SotonLad
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7:42pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Of the Ilk says...

Stop moaning!
Why bother to go and watch England play any way - they are not very good. If you want to watch, save the moneyt and sit in the warm and dry in front of a TV in this country.
Stop moaning! Why bother to go and watch England play any way - they are not very good. If you want to watch, save the moneyt and sit in the warm and dry in front of a TV in this country. Of the Ilk
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8:41pm Wed 17 Oct 12

MGRA says...

WHY do people follow a 3rd rate international team around the globe ? England are rubbish and even if they scrape thru to Rio they will be humiliated. I just do not get it......
WHY do people follow a 3rd rate international team around the globe ? England are rubbish and even if they scrape thru to Rio they will be humiliated. I just do not get it...... MGRA
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8:42pm Wed 17 Oct 12

jugbad says...

Now I'm not one to pick holes, but, he doesn't look very angry , also when does 2 inches of water resemble a river?
Now I'm not one to pick holes, but, he doesn't look very angry , also when does 2 inches of water resemble a river? jugbad
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10:40pm Wed 17 Oct 12

st1halo says...

userds5050 wrote:
Eh, why would the FA lay on flights for Adrian Chiles and co? I think ITV can afford it somehow. When are England fans going to realise the FA care sweet FA about what you think. If you're going to travel out there, stay a few days and see Warsaw. That way if anything goes wrong you have a contingency. In any event England served up a shower of sh...
From what I understand the FA have now offered compensation on flights and an opportunity to watch the team train back in the UK so obviously they do care about what you think
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Eh, why would the FA lay on flights for Adrian Chiles and co? I think ITV can afford it somehow. When are England fans going to realise the FA care sweet FA about what you think. If you're going to travel out there, stay a few days and see Warsaw. That way if anything goes wrong you have a contingency. In any event England served up a shower of sh...[/p][/quote]From what I understand the FA have now offered compensation on flights and an opportunity to watch the team train back in the UK so obviously they do care about what you think st1halo
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10:41pm Wed 17 Oct 12

st1halo says...

SotonLad wrote:
"We got into the ground 90 minutes before the kick off and as soon as I saw the pitch I said 'there's no way this game is being played."

So why stay there and moan - go into Warsaw and do something else.


"Leighton said he has been left £400 out of pocket after the day trip, which he booked with the FA's official travel partner, Thomson"

Why is he out of pocket?
Duh !
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: "We got into the ground 90 minutes before the kick off and as soon as I saw the pitch I said 'there's no way this game is being played." So why stay there and moan - go into Warsaw and do something else. "Leighton said he has been left £400 out of pocket after the day trip, which he booked with the FA's official travel partner, Thomson" Why is he out of pocket?[/p][/quote]Duh ! st1halo
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10:43pm Wed 17 Oct 12

st1halo says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
Stop moaning!
Why bother to go and watch England play any way - they are not very good. If you want to watch, save the moneyt and sit in the warm and dry in front of a TV in this country.
Why shouldnt he moan, he shelled out his hard earned cash and was dissappointed. If everyone sat at home and watched football, it wouldnt be appearing for very long!
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning! Why bother to go and watch England play any way - they are not very good. If you want to watch, save the moneyt and sit in the warm and dry in front of a TV in this country.[/p][/quote]Why shouldnt he moan, he shelled out his hard earned cash and was dissappointed. If everyone sat at home and watched football, it wouldnt be appearing for very long! st1halo
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10:45pm Wed 17 Oct 12

st1halo says...

MGRA wrote:
WHY do people follow a 3rd rate international team around the globe ? England are rubbish and even if they scrape thru to Rio they will be humiliated. I just do not get it......
Obviously not a football fan! You might not get it but some of us do!
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: WHY do people follow a 3rd rate international team around the globe ? England are rubbish and even if they scrape thru to Rio they will be humiliated. I just do not get it......[/p][/quote]Obviously not a football fan! You might not get it but some of us do! st1halo
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9:22am Thu 18 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

st1halo wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
Eh, why would the FA lay on flights for Adrian Chiles and co? I think ITV can afford it somehow. When are England fans going to realise the FA care sweet FA about what you think. If you're going to travel out there, stay a few days and see Warsaw. That way if anything goes wrong you have a contingency. In any event England served up a shower of sh...
From what I understand the FA have now offered compensation on flights and an opportunity to watch the team train back in the UK so obviously they do care about what you think
The FA have only agreed to compensate the ticket price of fans who stayed on. There were less than 500 fans who stayed in Warsaw. The Polish FA are picking up the rest of the tab. Even then you have to send in your intact ticket, the FA knowing full well mosts of them got soaked. Another mug punter like Leighton lapping up their BS. Did you watch the match yesterday?
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: Eh, why would the FA lay on flights for Adrian Chiles and co? I think ITV can afford it somehow. When are England fans going to realise the FA care sweet FA about what you think. If you're going to travel out there, stay a few days and see Warsaw. That way if anything goes wrong you have a contingency. In any event England served up a shower of sh...[/p][/quote]From what I understand the FA have now offered compensation on flights and an opportunity to watch the team train back in the UK so obviously they do care about what you think[/p][/quote]The FA have only agreed to compensate the ticket price of fans who stayed on. There were less than 500 fans who stayed in Warsaw. The Polish FA are picking up the rest of the tab. Even then you have to send in your intact ticket, the FA knowing full well mosts of them got soaked. Another mug punter like Leighton lapping up their BS. Did you watch the match yesterday? userds5050
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12:47pm Thu 18 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

st1halo wrote:
MGRA wrote:
WHY do people follow a 3rd rate international team around the globe ? England are rubbish and even if they scrape thru to Rio they will be humiliated. I just do not get it......
Obviously not a football fan! You might not get it but some of us do!
You can prefer club football over internationals and still be a football fan. When was the last time you saw a decent England game? Seriously? If people want to follow 'Team England' around the globe, fine. Don't moan though when it goes wrong. All the while you 'get it' the likes of Adrian Bevington will see England as a brand and the FA will continue to milk you like the mugs you are.
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: WHY do people follow a 3rd rate international team around the globe ? England are rubbish and even if they scrape thru to Rio they will be humiliated. I just do not get it......[/p][/quote]Obviously not a football fan! You might not get it but some of us do![/p][/quote]You can prefer club football over internationals and still be a football fan. When was the last time you saw a decent England game? Seriously? If people want to follow 'Team England' around the globe, fine. Don't moan though when it goes wrong. All the while you 'get it' the likes of Adrian Bevington will see England as a brand and the FA will continue to milk you like the mugs you are. userds5050
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5:25pm Thu 18 Oct 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

jugbad wrote:
Now I'm not one to pick holes, but, he doesn't look very angry , also when does 2 inches of water resemble a river?
When filling out an insurance claim form in Millbrook!
[quote][p][bold]jugbad[/bold] wrote: Now I'm not one to pick holes, but, he doesn't look very angry , also when does 2 inches of water resemble a river?[/p][/quote]When filling out an insurance claim form in Millbrook! 100%HANTSBOY
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5:31pm Thu 18 Oct 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

st1halo wrote:
Of the Ilk wrote:
Stop moaning!
Why bother to go and watch England play any way - they are not very good. If you want to watch, save the moneyt and sit in the warm and dry in front of a TV in this country.
Why shouldnt he moan, he shelled out his hard earned cash and was dissappointed. If everyone sat at home and watched football, it wouldnt be appearing for very long!
Of course it would,the main thing that would happen would be that the players wouldn't receive their ridiculous wages
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning! Why bother to go and watch England play any way - they are not very good. If you want to watch, save the moneyt and sit in the warm and dry in front of a TV in this country.[/p][/quote]Why shouldnt he moan, he shelled out his hard earned cash and was dissappointed. If everyone sat at home and watched football, it wouldnt be appearing for very long![/p][/quote]Of course it would,the main thing that would happen would be that the players wouldn't receive their ridiculous wages 100%HANTSBOY
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