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Ugly crowd behaviour has once again reared its head at one of England's international football matches, with fans condemned for booing the players during the World Cup qualifier in Poland.
England's 100 percent record in qualifying was ended in dramatic fashion by Damian Szymanski's stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Poland in Warsaw.
But it was the actions of Polish fans before kick-ff that came under fire as sections booed England's players for taking a knee before kick-off.
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As well as targeting England's anti-racism display of solidarity, fans also booed the English national anthem in scenes left viewers disgusted.
England fans came under fire for similar actions during this year's European Championships, with the English FA copping a huge fine over various offences including the booing of Denmark's national anthem by supporters.
In Warsaw, the English players were subjected to the same treatment, with many calling for Poland's football association to be hit with similar sanctions.
Poland fans booed as England once again kneeled before the game. pic.twitter.com/vUWXEmaTuC
— Chrissy 🌸 🌸🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@Chrissy_2697) September 8, 2021
At one point while the boos rang out from the crowd, Poland captain Robert Lewandowski gestured to the home fans to stop after pointing to the 'respect' badge on his jersey.
While Lewandowski was applauded for that gesture, the actions of Polish fans were condemned on social media.
Polish fans booing their own players and England players for taking the knee.... it's actually disgusting!! The beautiful game is well and truly not beautiful anymore 🖕🏼😡 #WorldCupQualifiers
— Ro (@Rosiep_xo) September 8, 2021
Ugh, why does this draw feel like a loss? Probably because its in a stadium of racist fans who booed the taking of the knee despite England players being racially abused just days ago #POLENG
— Fatima492090 (@Fatima492090) September 8, 2021
I'm not mad at the result, I'm mad that once again fans booed our national anthem and taking the knee and *nobody* says anything whilst I spent the summer hearing that England fans are the worst people in the world for the same thing https://t.co/mHRb3hjECq
— Koko🥀💫 (@Koko__Johnson) September 8, 2021
I’m soooo offended by the polish fans booing our anthem, appalling behaviour, they should be sanctioned
— Rich (@srhlufc74) September 8, 2021
This was a beautiful moment. As the racist far right Poland fans booed England players taking the knee, Lewandowski pointed towards the respect badge on his shirt.
You sir have won a new fan tonight. pic.twitter.com/jul9FSMSEN
— Cheema (@CheemaData) September 8, 2021
NOT POLAND FANS BOOING OUR ANTHEM!!!! Absolute disgrace, ban them immediately!
— Scott Wylie (@Scott_Wylie) September 8, 2021
Robert Lewandowski pointed to the respect badge on his shirt when the Poland fans booed England players taking a knee. 👏
Leader. 🇵🇱 https://t.co/0Xr8KmXLaO
— Adekunle Oluwanisola (@seyolee894) September 8, 2021
National anthem being booed but because it’s not England you won’t hear anything about it
— Ben 🍋 (@BenCookV2) September 8, 2021
England in top spot after Poland draw
A game short on goalmouth action looked to be meandering towards a stalemate until Harry Kane's long-range strike 18 minutes from time deceived Wojciech Szczesny.
But Szymanski rescued a point that could be vital to the Poles' chances of sealing second place in Group I of European qualifying by crashing home a header from Lewandowski's cross.
England are now four points clear of second-placed Albania and five ahead of Poland.
Poland equalise against England in the 92nd minute and Warsaw is ROCKING 🇵🇱
Damian Szymanski scores his first ever goal for his country to earn a point.
And it's just the third time ever England have conceded after 90 minutes in a World Cup qualifier.#OptusSport pic.twitter.com/bwDUHaOvyT
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) September 8, 2021
But with clashes against Andorra and San Marino still to come in their remaining four games, qualification for Qatar should remain little more than a formality for Gareth Southgate's men.
The Euro 2020 finalists bounced back impressively from the disappointment of losing their first major tournament final for 55 years to Italy with comprehensive 4-0 thrashings of Hungary and Andorra earlier in the week.
But the visitors were made to work far harder against a side expected to be their closest challengers in the group.
Kane was uncharacteristically wasteful with England's one big chance in the first half as his tame header from Raheem Sterling's cross was easily blocked.
Poland were without their own talisman Lewandowski when losing 2-1 at Wembley when the sides last met in March.
Jordan Pickford had to be quick off his line to deny the Bayern Munich striker as half-time approached and then comfortably smothered a long-range effort from Lewandowski after the break.
That was what Szczesny failed to do moments later as Kane took aim from 30 yards and scored his 41st international goal as the swerve beat the Juventus 'keeper.
An even more calamitous goalkeeping mistake nearly cost England 10 minutes from as Pickford's clearance was charged down by Karol Swiderski, but the Everton stopper was grateful to a kind bounce which allowed him to collect the ball before it crossed the line.
Pickford was helpless in the 92nd minute, though, as Jakub Moder turned Kyle Walker to open up the England defence and the ball eventually broke for Lewandowski to pick out Szymanski at the far post for a bullet header.
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