WARSAW: Brawls erupted between Polish and Russian football fans on Tuesday as thousands of Russians marched toward Warsaw’s national stadium hours before the countries face off in a key Euro 2012 match.
Police fired tear gas and water cannon on unruly fans and arrested several people, according to an AFP correspondent.
He said police officers with dogs and rubber-bullet guns surrounded the stadium, where the highly charged Russia-Poland match was about to begin.
Sandwiched by a large police presence, the Russian fans began making their way toward the Poniatowski bridge spanning the Vistula river, chanting, “We came to win” and “Russia, Russia.”
Several dozen Poles hurled firecrackers and taunts in their direction. The Russians responded by throwing bottles, before riot police separated the two groups.