Michał Kubiak insulted Iranians (affair)

Michał Kubiak insulted Iranians (affair)

tester321 2019-05-28 • 11095 views • 10

Michał Kubiak about Iranians

Captain of Polish national team was a guest of popular volleyball vlog in Poland: Prawda siatki. He was talking about many topics such as challenges of the starting season, competition for a place in the starting six and schedule of international matches. One of the topics was Iranian players.

He said:

They always play the innocent, they act like super and cool, and we are the worst. But my opinion is that they are fatal, malicious and boorish people. That nation is crossed out for me, despite the fact that they are proudly calls themselves Persians, not Arabs. But really they are simply loosers (in Polish "leszcz"). We have to play with them from time to time, but for me they don't exist. Ebadipour is fine? But what can he do if he came to us?

Kubiak reminded about the situation in the final of Asian Club Championships 2018/19 where his team Panasonic Panthers lost with Iranian Matin Varamin. Kubiak was provoked by Pourya Fayazi. He told about this situation:

More and more rarely someone is able to get me out of balance, as was the case at that tournament. I don't have health for it, I'm also a little older, some things don't interest me anymore. But you have to do a lot of things to make me "warm up" the way I "warmed up" at that match. It all took place even earlier, because we played with this team in the group phase. This guy stood under the net, shouted at me, insulted my family and then he ran away and hid behind his teammates, when I approached him. I have lost all respect to the people of Iran. For me, they are invisible. Yes, I generalize the subject, for me it is one litter.

Removing the video from the internet

There was a wave of criticism on the volleyball player. For this reason, Kubiak asked to remove the video from the Internet. It happened. The episode on the "Prawda Siatki" channel returned after a few hours, but there were no controversial words about the Iranians anymore.

Michał Kubiak issued a statement

There is a content of Kubiak's statement which was published on the Polish Volleyball Federation website:

Dear fans!

Due to unnecessary media noise which was result of the interview I gave to Jerzy Mielewski in "Prawda Siatki", I declare that:

First of all – like everyone else – I have the right to my own opinion.

Secondly, I have the right and even the duty to answer when my family, my friends from the playground and myself are object of threats and insults from the opposing team's players and their aggressive fans. And such situations took place during matches with Iran national team.

I strongly emphasize that the words that I said were directed only to people I personally dealt with, i.e. volleyball players and their chauvinist fans.

I express regret that my words may have misunderstood. Maybe I spoke them in the wrong context. At this point, I would like to point out that I am so far away from xenophobic views that I have been credited for several days. Racism, lack of respect for national colors and opponents are unacceptable and invaluable to an athlete. At the same time, I have to emphasize that I do not change my opinions on Iranian volleyball players and fans who have insulted my family and friends.

Michał Kubiak
Captain of Polish Volleyball National Team

Complaint of the Iranian federation to the FIVB

Temporary president of Iranian federation, Afshin Davari in the interview with Teheran Times said that he will refer a complaint to the FIVB in this matter:

FIVB's Ethics Committee should demand Kubiak explanation for his remarks.  He has offended the Iranian people and must accept responsibility for what he has said.

What threatens Michal Kubiak? If the FIVB's Ethics Committee decides that the Pole broke the rules, they may order a warning, a reprimand, a financial penalty up to 10,000 Swiss francs and a maximum half-year suspension.


EaglesEyeDE 1
11 months ago
This guy (Kubiak) is obviously a provoker and has issues in his political views, not necessary to mention that he is like many other polish people under influence of racist movements in their country. If such a behavior, as seen from him multiple times, does not have serious consequences, there soon will be no place for peaceful sports events, whenever the polish team is involved.
DidomakIR 1
11 months ago
Mr. Kubiak has a right to be upset with Iran volleyball fans and players. In all sports, Iranian fans and player show little tolerance specially when they lose a game. This was the case in IRAN-JAPAN football match.
Too many pressure for winning makes players upset and nervous. Besides Iranian fans overwhelm players and teams with no respect.
Iranian sport officers must show most responsibility for these kind of happenings. My late brother was a national volleyball player and he suffered the issues in all his matches as a plyer or a coach.
So as an Iranian citizen, I feel partial sympathy with Mr. Kubiak.
RzvnIR 1
11 months ago
We can say from time that the people of Poland were hiding in Iran for war and escaping from Hitler ... but we do not want anything except love for you.
b…1 3
11 months ago
@Rzvn: Poles are grateful for what you have done for them but what does it have for volleyball and speech? Kubiak said that he was directing these words only to volleyball players and fans, not to the whole Iranian nation!
TahanUS 1
11 months ago
What loser
b…1 3
11 months ago
@Tahan: I'm guess you're talking about yourself...
bakjafAU 1
11 months ago
As long as I know losers insult as they cannot prove themselves elsewhere. Racism and insulting are condemned, no matter what reasons are behind them. To me and many many others, Kubiak is a pure loser and affected the reputation of Polish. Go fix your morality kid!
b…v 1
11 months ago
And what about Pourya Fayazi and his behavior? don't u see or you don't want to see?
Pourya Fayazi - he showed the reputation of Iran and true face about people in Iran.
kamilcieslar1999PL 9 1
11 months ago
@bblazarov: Pourya Fayazi showed his reputation not Iran and Kubiak showed his not Poland. Each responsible for himself not for whole country.
b…1 3
11 months ago
@kamilcieslar1999: It doesn't work like that.If you represent Poland officially, you answer on behalf of everyone in Poland

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