There was a verbal altercation between the former president of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, and the Minister of National Education, Przemysław Czarnek, on social media, the reason for which was Boniek’s earlier entry about Bronisław Wildstein, a publicist on government television. The minister instructed the former president of the Polish Football Association to read a textbook on History and Present, to which the former Polish representative responded by quoting a vulgar epigram by Julian Tuwim.
On Thursday, Zbigniew Boniek, former football player, former president of the Polish Football Association and vice-president of UEFA, commented on a fragment of the program of the government television news channel on the X platform (formerly Twitter). Host Bronisław Wildstein, introducing the president of the Constitutional Tribunal, Julia Przyłębska, said that she was “the most important legal authority in Poland”.
“Who is this guy?” – Boniek asked in the post.
The current Minister of Education reacted to the entry of the former president of the Polish Football Association Przemysław Czarnek. “Didn’t I say that entire generations of Poles were deprived of knowledge about modern history? That’s why HiT [Historia i Teraźniejszość – red.] is necessary in schools. And I am sending the HiT textbook to Mr. Boniek through the Polish Football Association. It’s worth reading, Mr. Zbigniew,” he wrote.
“Thank you and I’ll use Julian Tuwim, do you know?” – replied Boniek, posting Tuwim’s epigram. “I expected a vain reply. I won’t give you a flick or a slap. I won’t even say the dog fucked you, because it would be a misalliance for the dog” – reads the text of the epigram quoted by Boniek.
Bronisław Wildstein – who is he?
Bronisław Wildstein is a journalist and publicist; he was an underground activist in the Polish People’s Republic. He was a columnist for “Rzeczpospolita”. He was fired after he moved out of Institute of National Remembrance public catalog of over 160,000 names of officers and secret collaborators of the services of the Polish People’s Republic and persons selected for cooperation (the list also included persons who could be victims under the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance).
In January 2005, it was revealed that Wildstein had shared the list with journalists. It soon found its way onto the internet; Wildstein denied putting it there. In 2006, the investigation into the “Wildstein list” was discontinued – the prosecutor’s office did not discover who from the Institute provided him with the catalog list, which – according to the prosecutor’s office – is an official secret of the Institute of National Remembrance.
From May 2006 to February 2007, he was the president of the management board of TVP. In the following years, he hosted television programs, including: “Shadows of the Polish People’s Republic”, “Bronisław Wildstein Presents”. In the years 2012-14 he was the editor-in-chief of Telewizja Republika. Currently, he is associated with the state television news channel.
Boniek reacts to the post Ornaments
This is not the first time Boniek has had a verbal altercation with a representative of the United Right camp. In June, the deputy minister of climate and environment, MP of Sovereign Poland, Jacek Ozdoba, after Poland won the match against Germany wrote “Polska-Tusk 1:0”.
“I’m sorry, what kind of idiot is this?” – commented Boniek.
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