Wing spiker for the Polish volleyball team, Artur Szalpuk, has come forward about his discontent with the refereeing at the World Championships following Poland’s 3-0 victory over Serbia.
“I complain a lot about this tournament for the referees, but in this match they did everything to help Italy and facilitate their task,” Szalpuk told polsatsport. These are quite strong words, but if they are wrong in video verification, it probably does not work.”
Videos of Szalpuk expressing his resentment in Polish for the way the games have been refereed can be found here and here.
Poland will play Italy on September 28th to close out the final match in their bracket of the third round. Depending on the outcome, either Italy or Poland will be advancing to the semifinal. Serbia, the other team in their pool, has already clinched a semifinal berth.
Poland needs to win at least one set or score 60 points if they lose 3-0 in their match against Italy. If they’re able to do either of the two options, they’ll kick the hosts out of the tournament and progress to the semifinal round.
Along with Serbia, both the United States and Brazil have also clinched positions in the semifinal round.