Euro 2012 Football Championships: Hooligan Battlefront Report
Jun 13, 2012
Warsaw is experiencing hooligan excesses throughout its streets as Euro 2012 Football Championships take place.
As the Euro 2012 football news report, the police in Warsaw used water cannons and tear gas, while standing ready to shoot rubber bullets at Polish and Russian hooligans fighting each other and the police.
Several thousand Russian football fans got a permission to march through the streets of Warsaw towards the National Football Stadium prior to Poland-Russia match which took place in Group A.
Prior to the game, the emotions already got red-hot as a group of Russian hooligans beat up stadium security forces in Wroclaw, while they attempted to apprehend a Russian national responsible for throwing a flare during Russia-Czech Republic match.
The media also heated up the emotions as Russians showed fake pictures of the Polish Presidential Palace with a Russian flag on top, while the Poles made up photos of the Polish football coach, Smuda, dressed up as Pilsudski, the Polish army marshal who chased away from Warsaw the Soviet forces in 1922.
As the Russians just marched through the streets of Warsaw, there were constant battles among the hooligans on both sides, bloodied faces were visible, and firecrackers thrown. As many as 100 hooligans were arrested even before the match took place.
After the game, those punters who made Euro 2012 football bets on a draw are quite happy as Poles tied Russians 1-1.
Currently, after two matches, the Russians are leading in the group with 4 points, next are Czechs with 3, followed by Poles with 2, and Greeks last with 1 point. In the last round, Poland will face Czech Republic, while Russia is playing Greece. Russians just need a tie to ensure advancing into quarter-finals, while Poles, after two draws, need to win against the Czechs.