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Poland 1-1 England: FA investigating first-half incident in Warsaw qualifier after furious melee

Poland 1-1 England: FA investigating first-half incident in Warsaw qualifier after furious melee

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ngland have submitted a report to the Football Association (FA) following an angry clash just before half-time of their World Cup qualifier against Poland.

The Three Lions players were incensed by an incident as they headed off the pitch at Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw on Wednesday night.

Television cameras did not pick up clear pictures of what precisely happened to spark the melee that involved nearly every player on the pitch, but subsequent footage appeared to show Poland defender Kamil Glik pinching Kyle Walker’s neck.

Referee Daniel Siebert booked both England centre-back Harry Maguire and Glik following the incident.

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But afterwards Gareth Southgate confirmed England were investigating the matter.

“We’re getting to grips with what that was,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “There’s been a report put in and we need to find out a little bit more about what’s happened.

“At the moment we’re still gathering all the evidence so there’s no point in me speculating any further.”

Harry Kane added: “There was an incident just before half-time which has been reported to the FA guys. They’re taking care of it and investigating it and we’ll go from there.

“Allegedly it was something that was done, not said. We haven’t had chance to look at the footage.”

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Meanwhile, Southgate admits England missed the chance to all but guarantee World Cup qualification in Poland.

Damian Szymanski’s stoppage-time equaliser ended the Three Lions’ 100 per cent record in Group I but they are still five points clear at the top.

Southgate reminded his players that there is still work to do after the 1-1 draw but hailed their response to losing the Euro 2020 final in heartbreaking fashion in the summer.

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