WARSAW, Poland – Poland is braced for more soccer hooligan violence this weekend between Polish and Russian fans at the European Championship, with the justice minister warning that there’s no shortage of “cretins” willing to do battle on both sides. Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned that police were prepared to respond harshly to any violence. “I hope we will not have to use force, but we will use it ruthlessly if necessary,” Tusk said in an interview Friday on Radio Zet. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin warned him that some Russians could try to get revenge for attacks against them Tuesday and that Russian authorities were also doing what they could do to control their hooligans. The Russia football federation has appealed to its fans to show restraint and follow the UEFA rules of conduct. The concerns center around a Russia-Greece match in Warsaw on Saturday night, when more than 20,000 Russians are expected to be in Warsaw. The fears are that some of them could end up in street brawls with Poles. Polish and Russian fans clashed Tuesday on the streets of Warsaw when their countries played. The game, one burdened by a difficult history between the two… Read full this story
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