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Polish And Russian Fans Clash At EURO 2012 Soccer Championship

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Published on Jun 12, 2012

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At least 10 football fans have been injured during violent clashes at the Euro 2012 match between Russia and Poland in Warsaw.

TV footage showed fans running away from exploding fireworks and flares on the Polish city's streets.

Several people were seen lying injured and bleeding on the ground, with one appearing to be seriously hurt.
Police said 10 people were injured; seven Poles, two Russians and one German.
Violence also broke out beside the stadium with Poland and Russia fans fighting and hurling stones at each other.
Russia fans also clashed with police on a bridge near the National Stadium and police were later seen making arrests.
A police spokeswoman said more than 100 people had been arrested and police are studying CCTV footage as they try to identify others involved.

Heavily-armed riot police who had been present in large numbers during the afternoon used water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas to try to disperse the troublemakers before the 7.45pm kick-off.
The two countries share a difficult history, including decades of Moscow's rule over Poland during the Cold War.
Many Poles had asked their leaders not allow the Russians to march as a group in Warsaw, seeing it as an act of provocation.
The march, which involved 5,000 Russian fans, was considered a huge security challenge.

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