Poland investigates violence at Lithuania friendly
Polish prosecutors are investigating violence by Polish
hooligans against Lithuanian police around last week’s friendly and
say offenders could face up to five years in prison.
Polish fans clashed with police in Kaunas, Lithuania, during
Friday’s friendly – which Poland lost 2-0. Around 60 Poles were
detained for throwing bottles, flares and benches at police and
security guards. One guard was injured.
A spokeswoman for Warsaw prosecutors, Monika Lewandowska, says
on Tuesday that prosecutors have opened an investigation. Any
sentences will be served in Poland.
The probe comes as Polish authorities vow zero tolerance toward
football violence as they prepare to co-host Euro 2012.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk called on Monday for strict
punishments for ”thugs.”