Anti-hooligan squads in Poland are prepared for an influx of trouble-makers at the Euro 2012 tournament. Polish squads are ready to tackle hooligans with water cannons, tear gas and dogs trained to bite suspects in the testicles.
As Poland prepares to host the Euro 2012 tournament Reuters report that MP John Godson "complains some media reports in the run-up to the soccer championships...may mislead visiting fans into fearing rampant racism."
Indeed, the British Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) supported former English football captain Sol Campbell when he warned fans to stay away due to the danger of racism and violence, as Digital Journal reported.
Whether Godson or Campbell is right, Poland has a history of fans chanting racist abuse and a long history of football violence. The Poles are prepared for it though, warning if fans cross the line the Anti-Hooligan Crime Unit will come down hard.
Naharnet reported "the local police have seen it all before and they will ruin your day if you try it on. These lads' mums and dads rioted under Soviet machine guns -- a few chairs thrown by beered-up fans is not going to intimidate them. Do not expect softly, softly police tactics."
Anti-hooligan squads, protected by full riot gear and shields, have an arsenal at their disposal that includes truck mounted water cannon, tear gas, pump action shotguns stuffed with rubber bullets, a "Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), popularly known as a ‘sonic cannon,'" and dogs that are trained to bite testicles.