Saturday 24 March 2018

Robert Lewandowski facing prospect of arrest for drinking on the pitch after win over Ireland

Robert Lewandowski drinking champagne after the win over Ireland
Robert Lewandowski drinking champagne after the win over Ireland

Callum Davis

Robert Lewandowski has been reported to Polish police for drinking alcohol on the pitch after his country's 2-1 victory over Republic of Ireland.

The win in Warsaw secured qualification to Euro 2016 for Poland, and the team celebrated in common fashion with champagne-popping and bottle-guzzling inside Warsaw's national Stadium.

The Bayern Munich striker, who notched his fifteenth goal in five games against Ireland, was anonymously reported to Warsaw's Police Department for breaching Poland's 'Act on Safety of Mass Events.'

The law allows states that only "the sale, administration and consumption of alcoholic beverages of no more than 3.5 per cent alcohol is permitted in public", while point two states that the consumption "can only take place in designated areas".

The typical alcoholic percentage of a bottle of champagne is around 12%, nearly five times more than the amount Polish law permits to be consumed in public.

Despite the anonymous tip-off to police, the 27-year-old''s agent laughed off the prospect of a criminal charge: "We don't take this matter seriously" said Cezary Kucharski.

"I hope that the FA will strive to ensure that they can explain the situation. I don't want Robert to have to bother with such trifle".

Fellow Polish teammates who shared in the post-qualification revelry with Lewandowski took to social media to defend the striker's conduct.

Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak tweeted: "Thank god I don't drink champagne otherwise I would be in serious trouble!"

Robert Lewandowski has yet to officially comment on the matter, but he did tweet a cheeky response to the story this, writing simply: "Cheers!"

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