Enjoying the Euros? Rarely are the first games of any tournament much to write home about.
What is for certain is whatever Officer Dibble over there is in charge of the gendarmes, they need to pull there finger out and sharpish. The footage on YouTube of a steward being used as a stress ball by bovver boys has been viewed by close to 100,000 people.
In Lodz, a gang of about 50 masked Polish thugs targeted English and Russian accented fans in a violent burst of punches and kicks.
Report in the Irish Examiner this morning about more violence where 14 were arrested in Poznan. The suggestion being that Irish and Croatian fans were swooped on by Polish fans as they sat peacefully on the pavement terrace of the Sami Swoj pub.
What’s as chilling a prospect is a planned march by Russians this coming Tuesday (when Russia and Poland play each other) to mark Russia Day. The best bit of this insanity is that when this idea was broached last week a Polish ‘All Union’ mob asked for permission to ‘counter march’.
As ever in football it’s only punters like you and I that can see the difference between thoroughly good ideas and thoroughly bad ones. As far as racism goes, it’s not even a specter.
It’s been confirmed as present at training matches and tournament games alike. The Dutch had to listen to ‘monkey chants’ while they trained in Krakow. UEFA’s response was surreal. They said it had no plans to launch an investigation into the alleged racism, saying it believed the abusive chanting was in protest against Krakow not being chosen as one of the Euro 2012 host cities.
You cannot help but feel that Platini and the rest of the corpulent leeches that are responsible for awarding these things to those that whore and bribe themselves the best are living in another world. They cruise from one extravagant lunch to another with the air of the most pious of popes, not for a nano second considering that their decisions might carry consequences to real people.
At this rate people will be selling bits of Poland and the Ukraine like they did of the Berlin Wall.