Poland And Russia Fans Clash In Warsaw

WROCLAW, POLAND - JUNE 08: A Russian fan soaks up the atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Russia and Czech Republic at The Municipal Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Police have been forced to intervene in Warsaw as Poland and Russia fans clash ahead of their Euro 2012 match.

Whoever scheduled Russia vs. Poland on Russia Day and then allowed Russia fans to hold a march through Warsaw is a pretty big idiot. Nobody could ever see that one going well, and it hasn't - three people have been injured after a clash between the marchers and what Russia Today are describing as a 'mob of Polish youths'.

The police had to fire warning shots and deploy water cannons in an attempt to break up the fighting, which isn't even the first unfortunate event of the day. Polish fans attacked a cafe full of Russian fans earlier in the day, using stones and smoke grenades, although they were driven off before police arrived.

While there have been no reported fatalities yet, the fact that Euro 2012 is leading to serious injuries is deeply worrying. It's baffling that UEFA have allowed Russia and Poland to be in the same group considering the countries' long history of animosity. Let's hope that this doesn't get any worse.

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