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.