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  1. […] “For those amongst us of a certain age, the scenes from the streets of Warsaw yesterday afternoon and evening had a wearyingly familiar look to them – streets of mostly young men, mostly wearing terrible clothes, trading kicks and punches on the street of a European city whilst others, including, of course, a media that had over the last few days given every impression of really looking forward to this moment, looked on. The Polish police had been aware of the potential for crowd trouble to come from the fixture between Poland and Russia, but even a tightly co-ordinated effort on their part to keep the peace on the streets of their capital city c0uldn’t fully contain those that wanted to fight and the result was one hundred and eighty-three arrests – with more to expected to follow – and ten injuries.” twohundredpercent […]

    June 14, 2012
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  2. Sean said:

    I don’t quite understand this punishment for Russia.

    IIRC it’s a suspended sentence because of the behaviour of their fans on the day they played the Czechs, right? So does that mean it now becomes enacted following further, subsequent problems two days ago?

    And whose idea was it to create a tournament format that can allow Russia to play in Warsaw for potentially three consecutive matches? You’d have to be naive not to expect some further problems with local ultras mobbing up for their next game or two.

    June 14, 2012
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  3. maliniok said:

    Not sure if my previous comment got censored or it got lost in the web but I wrote a lengthy post with pictures of Russian fans you wouldn’t see in the British media. Many of them were wearing Soviet symbols which is akin to the English going to Delhi and reminding everybody of the occupation or white people in South Africa suddenly going out on the streets with apartheid symbols.

    June 14, 2012
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