Fan left disappointed after Poland v England match wash out
BEING left soaking wet and still not able to catch his beloved England playing against Poland was not a Cheltenham resident's idea of a good holiday.
Tony Stenner, 52, from Charlton Kings, was in Warsaw to watch England's World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday night.
The match was due to kick off at 8pm, but had to be called off more than an hour later because torrential rain left the pitch water logged.
The Polish National Stadium was built for the Euros this year, and has a retractable roof.
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Mr Stenner, who works for a pension's consultancy, said: "The whole thing was a complete and utter joke.
"The forecast was for at least two-and-a-half inches of rain for the afternoon and the evening. The stadium has got a roof. They should have used it. It was absolute incompetence.
"I was soaking wet before I got into the stadium. They should have closed it earlier."
He left for Warsaw on Monday, spending about £30 on his match ticket and more than £150 for the entire trip. He was forced to fly back disappointed yesterday for work.
More than 2,500 England fans were packed into the stadium together with 55,000 other people, who had to leave without seeing the game.
Mr Stenner said: "I was terribly disappointed and angry.
"With a roof at the stadium, there is absolutely no excuse."
He said he had to call his son Billy in England to find out it had been cancelled.
"The first I heard of it was when I rang home. They had announcements over the PA, but none of it was in English. It was all in Polish, and if there was anything in English, I didn't hear it," he said.
A spokesman for the FA yesterday claimed England fans might be given a full refund by the Polish Football Association for their tickets.
Mr Stenner said some fans spent up to £500 on the trip, and to get just the match ticket price back was unfair.
The father-of-three, who has been travelling to England games for the last six years, said more needed to be done to repay the fans.
He added: "Everyone was really annoyed about the whole thing.
"It is an absolutely cracking multi-million pound stadium and yet they let something like this happen. The FA asked us to send our tickets back, but the parameters to the refund are still unknown."
England played against Poland yesterday.