Violent behavior of Polish football fans tarnishes the country’s image and spoils the festive atmosphere of the Euro 2012 championship, Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski said.

“Instead of being excited about the success, which the draw against the Russian team certainly is, people are mostly talking about the scandal over fan clashes, which tarnishes Poland’s image abroad. Violence, brawls, hooliganism in general, spoil the atmosphere of this wonderful event,” Komorowski said in an interview with Russian TV on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports.

The Polish leader urged harsher punishment for football hooligans, who are facing now fines or imprisonment up to 12 months.

"I believe we must protect Polish sport, Polish fans and Polish families from such people, who come and spoil the sport festivals, like they did in Warsaw and Wroclaw," the President said.

Talking to Polish PM Donald Tusk, Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded him about responsibility Poland bears for security of fans. Tusk, in his turn, told journalists that Polish government will punish severely for football hooliganism.  


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