Swaying somewhat and smelling strongly of alcohol, a fan slammed his formula new using boots onto a opposite during a downtown Moscow sports shop. “I’m off to Poland, to a European championships tomorrow,” he told a sales assistant. “To support a guys,” he added, punching his fist into his palm.
Russia’s inhabitant football side face Greece on Saturday in Warsaw in their final organisation compare during a Euro 2012 championships, that is being co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Anything though better will see Russia swell to a final eight, where they could face Germany on a anniversary of a day that Nazi army rolled into a Soviet Union in 1941.
But for a hundreds of Russian fans approaching to fly out for a game, events off a representation are approaching to be only as critical as a determining tie with Greece. Russia’s Kommersant journal quoted a member of a Moscow hooligan organisation on Friday as observant that a organisation of “serious guys” were streamer to Poland to find punish for an conflict on their associate supporters progressing this week.
Polish fans pounded thousands of Russian supporters marching by a core of Warsaw on Tuesday to symbol Russia Day, a inhabitant holiday that outlines a date that Russia withdrew from a Soviet Union. Dozens of people were harmed in a fighting, with military banishment rip gas and rubber bullets in an try to revive order. Two Russian fans have so distant been jailed for dual and 3 months over their partial in a fight and another 4 sojourn behind bars as they wait trial. But a immeasurable infancy of those arrested were Poles.
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Russian, Polish Fans Clash in Warsaw
Although it’s approaching a marchers would have been pounded in any eventuality – given a story between a dual countries and a well-documented Polish hooligan problem – a series of Russian fans were reported to be fluttering Soviet flags as they done their approach by a streets of Warsaw. If true, this was possibly a thespian disaster to know a definition of a holiday or a transparent try to incite Poles, whose nation was a Soviet satellite state from 1945-89.
Whatever a means of a violence, scenes of what Russian state-television called “our fans being beaten adult in Warsaw” stirred Russian President Vladimir Putin to call Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk a day after a clashes to remind him that Euro 2012 organizers “bear full shortcoming for a reserve of fans from other countries on their territory.”
The Kremlin also sent a conduct of a tellurian rights council, Mikhail Fedotov, to Warsaw after a violence, to guard a diagnosis of Russian fans, and he flew out again on Friday forward of a compare with Greece.
But Tuesday’s assault in Warsaw was not a initial occurrence involving Russian fans so distant during Euro 2012, that began final Friday.
Russia’s really initial diversion during Euro 2012, a second compare of a tournament, saw a side spin in a excellent opening to kick Czech Republic 4-1. But off a pitch, things weren’t utterly so excellent as a organisation of fans allegedly hurled extremist insults during Czech black defender Theodor Gebre Selassie and threw flares onto a pitch. Fans also unfurled jingoist banners. UEFA subsequently strike Russia with a dangling six-point chastisement for a subordinate theatre for a Euro 2016 tournament, to be enforced in a eventuality of a exercise of identical events.
Russian fans were also filmed assault adult Polish stewards in a corridor during a 40,000-capacity Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw. The conduct of Russia’s central fan club, Alexander Shprygin, after pronounced a stewards had been “given a kicking” after they attempted to catch a fan in what he pronounced was a ‘heavy-handed manner.”
All of this led a conduct of a Russian football’s ruling body, Sergei Fursenko, to emanate a startlingly straightforward warning to fans of a inhabitant side travelling to Poland.
“We all need to be really careful,” he said. “When we transport to Europe, we confront a normal authorised environment, something that we are not used to.”
Polish military were reported by inhabitant media to be bringing in H2O cannons and bolster for approaching clashes between internal fans and Russian supporters during a weekend.
But a fan interviewed by Kommersant denied there was a domestic context to a violence.
“The Poles only wish to infer they are a wildest hooligans in Europe,” he said.