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Poland and Ukraine: Soccer Rivalry Turns Violent at Euro 2012

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | June 13th, 2012 | Trackback

A longstanding rivalry between Russian and Polish soccer fans turned violent—not for the first time—during the Euro 2012 Soccer Tournament. Dozens of men were seen kicking and beating each other and throwing stones outside the stadium prior to the June 12 match in Warsaw, and at least 10 people were injured. Using water cannons and tear gas, police eventually broke up the brawl—the worst of several emotional clashes between Russian and Polish fans since the tournament began June 8. The event continues through July 1, with additional matches scheduled in Poland and throughout Ukraine. Travelers planning to attend are advised to take precautions and avoid unruly crowds.





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