– We started talking about it in a group, and the conclusion was one: “After all, this has no right to pass. We’ll get our asses kicked.” – Grzegorz Krychowiak interviewed for the meczyki.pl portal told how the bonus scandal looked from his perspective.
After dropping out of the World Cup, things got heated around the Polish national team. Just before leaving for Qatar, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that he would pay the national team a $30 million bonus for advancing to the 1/8 finals. Czeslaw Michniewicz’s charges met the goal, but the money will not go into their pockets.
During the training camp, there was a dispute over the distribution of the money. Later, Robert Lewandowski argued that there was no question of dividing specific amounts; the team council was supposed to establish a percentage system of bonus distribution. Grzegorz Krychowiak presented a different version of events in an interview with the meczyki.pl portal.
– Maybe not everyone will understand this, but how are a few of the richest players supposed to decide for the whole group? These were very large amounts of money. Normal motives are at work. Ultimately, we are not the lords and masters of this national team. To me, this bonus wouldn’t change my life, but we had no right to deny them this money, even if it was virtual,” he explained.
Krychowiak predicted that awarding multimillion-dollar bonuses to Polish soccer players might not appeal to the public. Besides, he also had legitimate doubts about whether the Red-and-White team deserved the extra money from the government. The team council made the decision with young players in mind.
– We have already seen a little in this life. This is not the kind of thing that scandals were made of. We got up from the table and said to each other in a narrow circle: “Gentlemen, this is going to be a mess. That this is bad. That this is going to hit mostly us. We didn’t reach out for anything. It was money that no one wanted from anyone,” he pointed out. The experienced Polish representative felt the writing with his nose. – We started talking about it in a group, and the conclusion was one: “After all, this has no right to pass. We’ll get our asses kicked.” It is true that some of the players joked about this conversation (with the Prime Minister – ed.), as it happens in the team, but the older ones sensed that this could be a problem in the near future,” Krychowiak recalled.