The Polish swimming team have made a complaint about the German organisers of the European Championships after an ill-advised 'joke' fell flat.
The meet is currently being held in Berlin, but the Polish team were left incensed after the German arena announcer suggested they would be going home in stolen cars.
The announcer in Berlin was heard to say: "a large group came from Poland that will return home with our cars."
The president of the Polish Swimming Federation Andrzej Kowalski did not hide his disappointment at the comment.
"We were shocked. We couldn't believe what we heard," he told Polish news channel TVN24.
The Polish Foreign Ministry even got in touch with its embassy in Berlin asking for clarification and if there would be "consequences" for the announcer.
However, Eurosport Poland told us that most people in the country did not take the joke so seriously.
Indeed the Polish basketball team – who were playing in Germany at the time – even came up with a cheeky response on Instagram.
One of their players, Adam Waczynski, posted the following picture with the message: "Greetings to the Polish swimmers! We are back with our haul!"
Meanwhile, the announcer himself has come out and apologised for the joke describing it as "idiotic and disrespectful"
He said he was particularly embarrassed by the incident as his mother is of Polish origin.
- Sports & Recreation
- Polish Foreign Ministry