Calls for security boost for Euro 2012

by AP on May 05, 2011

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The latest incident of rampaging hooligans in Poland has prompted officials to call for stricter measures to be implemented before the country hosts the 2012 European Championship.

The Polish Cup match between Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznan in Bydgoszcz ended in a riot on Tuesday with police fighting hooligans who invaded the pitch and threw firecrackers, torn-out seats and metal objects.

The hooligans caused damage worth about 40,000 zlotys ($A14,000).

Legia won 5-4 on penalties.

Polish Football Federation President Grzegorz Lato blamed the law for giving football officials no means to bar hooligans from matches.

Bydgoszcz Mayor Rafal Bruski said the law and police inefficiency were to blame.

The rioting has raised questions about security in the country ahead of Euro 2012, which Poland will co-host with Ukraine.