Video of a vicious fan riot in Poznan, Poland before Croatia and Ireland played in a Group C Euro 2012 match has emerged, and 14 fans have been arrested in connection to the outburst.
At around the 30-second mark, you can see Polish police apprehending a fan, until others intervene and begin to throw bottles at the police. The violence escalates from there.
The Sunday riot has been just one of many fan-related incidents during a tumultuous Euro 2012, held in Poland and Ukraine.
The Russian soccer federation asked its fan base to behave on Sunday after Russian fans were seen fighting with stadium security officials in a Friday game against the Czech Republic.
Russian fans also threw fireworks on to the field during the Russia-Czech Republic game, and will be under UEFA supervision after allegations that fans racially abused Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie.
UEFA president Michel Platini stated last week that referees will stop any matches in the event of racist chants. Friday’s game was not halted, raising the question of whether relying on referees to be able to recognise and react to the actions of fans is a viable strategy to counter racism.
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