Football: Perquis tackles Tomaszewski over 'trash' tirade
Poland newcomer Damien Perquis is to launch legal action against goalkeeper-turned-lawmaker Jan Tomaszewski for calling him "French trash" who did not deserve to wear his adopted nation's shirt.
News portal interia.pl reported Thursday that defender Perquis, who made his Poland debut against Germany last month, would demand an apology for Tomaszewski's tirade.
"Tomaszewski clearly damaged the good name of Damien Perquis," the player's Polish lawyer Marcin Wojcieszak was quoted as saying. Contacted by AFP, he declined to comment immediately.
Poland manager Franciszek Smuda said Perquis had been "floored" by Tomaszewski's attack.
Tomaszewski, 63, is a highly controversial pundit and fierce opponent of picking foreign players with Polish roots to bolster the squad before Poland hosts Euro 2012 along with neighbouring Ukraine.
He lashed out at Perquis during a rally in the run-up to the October 9 general election, saying he was "digusted" to see him in the team.
"How can he pull on the White Eagle shirt, the one in which we true Poles won honours. A piece of French trash, of footballing trash, who never made his mark at home," Tomaszewski said.
The term "true Pole" is a common theme for hardline Polish nationalists.
Perquis, 27, obtained a Polish passport in September on the grounds of blood ties -- one of his grandparents emigrated from Poland to France after World War I.
Perquis plays for French first-division side Sochaux after moving from Saint Etienne, and was called up three times for France's Under-21s in 2005-2006.
He earned his first Poland cap in a September 6 friendly, when they came nail-bitingly close to their first-ever victory against Germany before the visitors levelled the score to draw 2-2.
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