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Russian, Polish fans clash before Euro 2012 match

2012-06-12 20:36:43 GMT2012-06-13 04:36:43(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A Polish soccer fan shouts as he stands amid Russian soccer supporters in Warsaw, June 12, 2012. Russia on Tuesday will play Poland in their Euro 2012 Group A soccer tournament in Warsaw. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews)

Polish fans clash with police during the Euro 2012 soccer championship group a match between Poland and Russia in downtown Warsaw, Poland , Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish police walk onto the pitch after the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Poland and Russia in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Police hold rubber bullet guns as Polish fans clash with police during the Euro 2012 soccer championship group a match between Poland and Russia in downtown Warsaw, Poland , Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Police arrest a Polish fan during clashes between young Poles and the police during the Euro 2012 soccer championship group a match between Poland and Russia in downtown Warsaw, Poland , Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, June 12 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 football fans were arrested and 11 others injured when Russian fans clashed with police and Poland supporters here on Tuesday, shortly before the two teams were to face off in a key Euro 2012 duel.

Some people hurled stones and firecrackers against thousands of Russians who were marching toward Warsaw's national stadium, Polish television images showed.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon against brawling fans and arrested hundreds of people, media reported.

Eleven people were injured in separate incidents, including seven Poles, one Polish policeman, two Russian nationals and one German.

The police mobilized thousands of officers to maintain public order for the match and reinforcement units were employed to ensure orderly exit from the stadium.

The police will analyze videos to catch all the football hooligans and arrest those who attacked the police, said Mariusz Sokolowski, a police spokesman.

Russia held Poland to a 1-1 draw in their Group A pool match Tuesday night. The result means both the two countries have chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

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