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.”