As reported in Poland by WP, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki allegedly promised the Poland national team at least 30 million Polish Zloty as a bonus for making it out of Group C in Qatar.
The story, the outlet say, has been confirmed by multiple sources and it is yet to be denied by Morawiecki’s office, although a more junior minister has stated the Ministry of Sport and Tourism will not be paying bonuses to players. The sum would go directly to the World Cup squad’s players and staff, bypassing the Polish federation (PZPN) and would come from state funds and not the PZPN itself.
Those within the ruling PiS party in Poland told WP that the amount would meet significant opposition and may not be paid at all while representing an ‘own goal’ for Morawiecki politically.
Poland made the last 16 in Qatar, which also automatically triggered a contract extension for coach Czesław Michniewicz, but only managed four shots in target in their three group games in drawing with Mexico, beating Saudi Arabia and losing to Argentina. Poland exited the World Cup at the last 16 stage via a 3-1 loss to France this weekend.