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Adrian Orlowski, captain of the Polish squad received the FIFPro Fair Play Award, a daily award that celebrates players who embrace the values of Fair Play. The award was presented by Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish Player’s Union and Vice-President of FIFPro.

Orlowski deserved the award for his sportsmanlike behavior on Sunday, 13 September. Referee Paul Nagtegaal explains why he nominated the Polish captain for the recognition: “The match between Poland and Greece was really hard and fast paced. The players were coming very strongly at each other, with very heavy impact.”

Greece is one of the few teams to bring a mixed team this year. “The Greek female players, who were watching the match pitchside,” continues Nagtegaal, “were really nervous to join such an aggressive match. When their coach asked them to go in and play, Orlowski told his team mates to not be so aggressive so the new players could relax and enjoy the game, which was still highly competitive.

“The spirit of Fair Play and the Homeless World Cup is not necessarily about winning, but about enjoying the matches and this is what Orlowski taught his squad yesterday.”

When asked about receiving the award, Orlowski spoke only two words with a massive smile: “It’s amazing!”

The award will go to a different player every day of the competition. During the final day the eight winners will be recognised as the Fair Play World 8.

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