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Professional footballers in the two best Polish leagues will wear pink shoelaces during the upcoming matches in both the Ekstraklasa and First League. They want to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.


The Polish Union of Footballers PZP has organized a campaign in cooperation with the players from Ekstraklasa and First League, and with support from the Polish football association as well as both leagues.


The footballers will all wear pink shoelaces to help raise awareness for the campaign ‘Pink shoelace – do ultrasound’. On Wednesday evening, the teams of Jagiellonia Bialystok and Gornik Zabrze kicked of this special action, that will last until Sunday and include all matches played in the Polish two top divisions.


‘Through our action we want to express solidarity with people who fight cancer’, the PZP stated. ‘We want to draw attention to one of the most serious diseases that our society has to cope with, a disease that unfortunately also affects players.’


Polish footballers from all clubs in the two top divisions expressed their support. ‘They want to show that they identify with social problems. But this action is also a tribute to Krzysztof Piszczek and Jakub Lawecki, two former players who tragically passed away after a battle with this disease.’