http://www.notaryengland.co.uk/blog/ Euro 2012 Hooliganism
Posted on 12:15pm Wednesday 13th Jun 2012
It didn’t take long for football hooliganism to come out at the Euro 2012 championships. Parts of Warsaw were turned into a bloodbath yesterday as Polish and Russian fans clashed ahead of their 1-1 draw in Group A. Riot police fired plastic bullets and tear gas to quell the violent scenes.
Police in Warsaw have made over 183 arrests relating to clashes between Poland and Russian fans and expect to add to that number as investigations continue. The battles took place close to the Fan Zones where, earlier in the day, the party people of Poland and Russia mixed freely as they drank beer, banged drums and watched Greece take on the Czech Republic before the main event in Group A.
There was blood on the pavement, supporters were lying injured but still the fans carried on fighting with each other and the police, who came under fire from a barrage of bottles and bricks. Prior to the match, thousands of Russian fans marched on the capital’s Poniatowski Bridge to mark Russia Day, considered a provocative gesture by some Poles whose nation was subjected to decades of rule by Moscow during the Cold War.