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Goalkeeper Artur Boruc defended by Poland boss over tunnel rampage claims

LEO BEENHAKKER last night leapt to Artur Boruc's defence after the Celtic keeper was accused of going on a rampage after Poland's 1-1 draw with Austria.

Reports in Poland have claimed Boruc left a trail of destruction on his way up the tunnel at Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium last Thursday following the controversial injury-time penalty that looks set to cost the Poles a place in the last eight. It's claimed Boruc kicked everything in his way but Beenhakker said: "The lad had just become a father to a son so before the incident he was still highly emotional.

"He has just left our camp to travel to Warsaw so that he can cuddle his wife and baby. He'll be back on Monday and he'll be ready just like the rest of the team.

"It was pandemonium in the tunnel and inside the stadium after the match.

The former president Lech Walesa was going to run on to the pitch to confront the referee but thankfully his legs aren't so good anymore.

"We also had to hold back the Polish Minister of Sport."

Poland face section winners Croatia tonight in Klagenfurt knowing a win still won't be enough if Germany beat Austria.

Meanwhile, Webb's home address has been published on a Polish website and the official is understood to have requested round-the-clock police protection.



I heard rumours that the Polish goal was actually offside - anyone else?


Not a rumour sosh. But the ref didn't see it. I reckon he gave the penalty to make up for his lack of attention. Neither team deserved to win. Mind you I've not seen one decent team play yet. Maybe Croatia.


As far as talent is concerned it seems to be on a par with Eurovision.


Defo offside. The referee even apologised for his mistake. And restated that the penalty at the end of the game was indeed a penalty.

Croatia played played badly against Poland, but then it was their second team. Overall the standards don't seem high. Boring games to watch.