Russian fans declared “This is Russia” today in the Warsaw Stadium.
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Brutal fights broke out before the match between the fans.
There were a number of […] incidents […] which came as about 5,000 Russia fans waving their country’s flag marched to the stadium in a show of patriotism seen as provocative to many Poles.
The march was considered a huge security challenge and police were bracing for possibly more trouble after the match.
The two countries share a difficult history, including decades of control by Moscow over Poland during the Cold War. Many Poles felt the Polish authorities should not have allowed the Russians to march as a group in Warsaw given the historical wounds.