Italy seeks to free Lazio fans jailed in Poland

Italy’s foreign minister has urged her Polish counterpart to

take all possible measures to free two dozen Lazio fans who were

detained in Warsaw last week for allegedly attacking police vans

ahead of the team’s Europa League match against Legia Warsaw.

Italy’s ambassador to Poland was to meet with the Polish justice

minister Tuesday, and on Monday the ambassador met with the

undersecretary to press Polish authorities to at least allow the

fans’ families to visit.

Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Polish Foreign Minister Radek

Sikorski had promised to take ”personal interest” in the case.

She is seeking at least provisional release of the fans ahead of

any possible charges or trial.

Poland has a problem with football hooligans and police often

step up their presence for big games.