On May 6th and 7th, 2016 the quarterfinal in the Polish First Division had been scheduled between AZS Wratislavia Wrocław and Connector Poznań. AZS Wratislavia fielded Gawryś – Klukowski and Balicki – Gołębiowski. When this line-up came to light Connector Poznań refused to play due to the the cheating accusations by WBF to Balicki and Żmudziński at the Bermuda Bowl in Chennai where B-Z were forced to withdraw.
The EBL Investigation Committee is stil working on a report concerning Balicki-Zmudzinski: the report will be submitted to EBL President, Mr Ives Aubry, next month. After that, it is up to the EBL Executive Committee and EBL President to decide if Investigation Comittee report will be transmitted to the Disciplinary Commmission.
One of the players of Connector Poznań is Mariusz Puczynski, who sent his bronze medal back to the EBL which he won in 2004 in a team with Balicki – Żmudziński.
Below is the document signed by the captains of both teams stating that Connector refuses to play because Cezary Balicky was fielded.
English translation of the document: After establishing sitting rights, the line ups were declared:
OPEN ROOM: NS Piotr Gawrys – Michał Klukowski WE Mariusz Puczynski – Konrad Araszkiewicz
CLOSED ROOM: NS Piotr Bizoń – Dariusz Kowalski
WE Stanisłąw Gołebiowski – Cezary Balicki
Team Connector Poznań decided not to start the play due to presence at the line up of Cezary Balicki, who is the subject of the procedure by EBL
Captain of Connector Captain of AZS Wratislavia
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