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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Players call truce with media
Engel addresses his squad on Thursday
Engel addresses his squad on Thursday

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The conflict between some Polish players and the media seems to be over after the two sides agreed to call a truce.

The strained relationship between the team and the press broke down on Thursday as a news conference called by coach Jerzy Engel deteriorated into a slanging match.

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A few warmer comments in the press will certainly help us, and a good result of this match will surely raise the sales of the newspapers.
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Marek Kozminski

The coach claimed the press, in particular sports daily Przeglad Sportowy and popular daily Gazeta Wyborcza, were being unfair to his side.

The newpapers had rounded on Engel's team after each of their previous four warm-up games, and claimed individuals were clamouring to sell their stories to the highest bidder.

But the vice-chairman of the Polish FA, Zbigniew Boniek, helped calm the situation after arranging a private meeting between the players and the journalists.

Reports there was an amicable meeting, and the complimentary headlines in both papers suggested the relationship between the sides had improved.

Defender Marek Kozminski admitted the bad relationship between the press and the team was harmful for both sides.

"It's a great adventure for everyone of us, we should not spoil each other's moods," he said.

"A few warmer comments in the press will certainly help us, the players, in the game against Korea.

"And a good result of this match will surely raise the sales of the newspapers. So let's play in one team."

Meanwhile, defender Jacek Bak said his broken index finger will not keep him out of the Poles' first game against South Korea on 4 June.


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