FA defends Poland position

The FA insists it has handed Poland an 18,000 ticket allocation for Tuesday's encounter with England for security reasons.

Last Updated: 14/10/13 at 18:58 Post Comment

Poland fans standing for the national anthem

Poland fans standing for the national anthem

Roy Hodgson is sure England supporters will not be drowned out by their Polish counterparts despite the Football Association's decision to double the away allocation for Tuesday's crunch qualifier at Wembley.

The FA drew criticism from some quarters when it revealed that it had sold 18,000 tickets to Poland fans for the World Cup qualifier.

The number is more than double the minimum required under FIFA regulations for the 90,000 capacity stadium, but the FA insists it had to do so on health and safety grounds.

With so many Poles now living in Britain, the FA decided that if it did not increase the number of away tickets available, Poles would buy tickets in the home end.

Hodgson defended the decision and said he was sure England fans would be heard during the match, which the home side need to win to qualify for the World Cup.

"I presume it will give (Poland) a lift, but there are a lot of Polish people living in this country and I understand the FA were virtually forced into this decision," the England manager said.

"They had to let the Polish FA have the tickets because otherwise there would be safety problems with the infiltration of Polish fans amongst the England fans.

"Our players are pretty used to playing in games where the opponents have good support.

"We will have 65,000 or 70,000 fans there and that, vis-a-vis 20,000 (Poland fans) is a pretty good margin for us. If our fans get behind us like they have so far then I don't fear that."

Captain Steven Gerrard has no problem with the FA's decision.

"Players want to play in good atmospheres, they want to play in full houses," the Liverpool midfielder said.

"And I have no doubt that the England fans will make an awful lot more noise than the Poland fans."

Security around the game was always likely to be tight anyway.

When Poland took on England in an Under-19s international at Crewe in March 2012, trouble flared inside the stadium.

There will be a far greater police presence on this occasion, though, and having given Poland so many tickets, the FA is confident the fixture will pass off peacefully.

"It is the biggest stadium in the country and it can cope with the capacity," FA spokesman Scott Field said.

"We think it will make for a great atmosphere.

"Wembley is often accused of not having a good atmosphere at times and I think we are set for what will be a really rousing game."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

ergie, aren't you supposed to make a beep beep noise when backing up like that?

simonthfc
Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

S

ome of these are quality! Why you no like him F365?? :(

left right out
The, Erm, 'Best' Of Henry James Redknapp

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Footer 365

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers rues defensive mistakes in Real Madrid defeat

Brendan Rodgers says he could have asked for no more from his side after seeing them taken apart by Real Madrid.

Champions League: Real Madrid ease past Liverpool with 3-0 win at Anfield

Real Madrid produced a first-half masterclass as they overpowered Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League at Anfield.

Champions League: Late goals give Arsenal 2-1 victory at Anderlecht

Arsenal scored twice in the final two minutes to come from behind and secure a 2-1 Champions League win at Anderlecht.

Mail Box

Do Man City Have A 'Small Mentality'?

That's one claim in the mailbox after Vincent Kompany focused on a few hundred CSKA fans sneaking into the ground instead of City blowing a two-goal lead...

City: Like A Deer Caught In The Headlights

...while Chelsea just live for Champions League nights. That's one view in a mailbox that also includes several happy football fans and looks forward to Michael Carrick's return...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property