Statues wrapped for protection from Euro 2012 fans

Authorities in Poznan have wrapped up the city’s fountain

statues to protect them from merrymaking football fans at Euro 2012

who have been climbing up to take photographs.

City authority spokesman Michal Prymas said Thursday that

plastic nets have been wrapped around statues in the four fountains

in the Old Market because fans had been clambering up them to take

pictures.

Prymas says ”we care for the statues” and also ”for the fans

who risked falling down.”

The oldest, a 17th century statue, shows a scene from Greek

mythology of Proserpina being abducted by Pluto. The other three –

of Mars, Apollo and Neptune – are contemporary.

Poznan was hosting Thursday’s Group C game between Italy and

Croatia at the European Championship.