Russian soccer fans who went to Poland to watch the games of Russian team at Euro-2012 are making headlines in media. Unfortunately, these headlines are mostly negative…
Already during the first game against the Czech Republic, Russian fans threw petards on the field and after the game viciously attacked the stewards. Following this incident UEFA threatened to penalize the Russian football team by deducting six points in its Euro-2016 qualifying group.
After that was the game against Poland (which co-hosts the championship). And it was marked by clashes between Russian and Polish ultras.
Russian fans at Euro-2012
Popular blogger Malgin writes in his blog:
[Poles] were outraged that our fans marched through Warsaw with the Soviet flag – flag of the country, which first together with the Nazis occupied their country, and then established there a communist dictatorship. And, of course, such stickers [see below] which started appearing in their capital also didn’t make them happy.
It is the same as if the Germans would stick leaflets with swastikas and the writing in Polish and in German: “The owners came back.”
Comments of Russian netizens
flame_ek: Savages arrived to civilization.
iskrenie: The tendency to display brutality, coolness, “This is Russia, fuuuuck!”, aggressive faces, posters… creates the overall impression that these people are struggling with their internal complexes and phobias.
generationp: This is a usual anti-Russian post, showing the essence of Russian liberasty.
jurius: Have you talked to football fans of Lazio, for example? Or the ultras of Ajax? Ours are neither better nor worse.
tintarula: What Russians! What a mug and the belly! Damn fans. F***ing fans.
n_lenin: And why do the Poles have such a painful reaction to OUR fans? With the rest is peace and friendship?
eriklobach: And I think that the stickers – is a kind and merry joke.
sun_u_kung (replying to the comment above): Yeah, that’s why the Poles had beaten our fans – kindly and merrily.
inthetank: That’s a very biased selection of pictures which doesn’t honor the author.
tolha: Russian tourists can be easily recognized by socks in sandals.
dan_1974: I read that these stickers are made in Poland and stuck by the Poles themselves.
g_hofnarr: By the way, the Poles even apologized… Actually, what matters is not the difference in mentality but the presence of brain and conscience.
taki_tsarevna: TO say the truth, when I read reports about the “deeds” of Russian fans and the fights – I felt awfully ashamed. Why do we have this habit to show everyone what kind of rednecks we are?
robin_2008: Hey, if the national team of Poland gets into play-offs against Germans or British – you will see then)
Somewhere on the site of Polish fans I saw the list of “priorities” for the clashes in this Euro. We are only in the 3rd place….