The first day of the Euro 2012 championships was apparently marred by violence, as seen in this amateur video uploaded to YouTube.
The video shows a group of Russian fans attacking match stewards after the Russia-Czech Republic game in Wroclaw on Friday, where Russia won by 4-1.
Apparently the fight broke out because the stewards spotted a fan throwing fireworks on to the pitch during the match.
In the video fans gang up on the stewards, in their luminous red safety jackets, outside the stadium, as crowds leave the match.
They then started kicking and punching the stewards, who merely attempted to protect themselves and did not retaliate against the fans.
One steward is knocked to the ground and lies motionless as the crowd disperses. He is eventually helped by his colleagues. All injured stewards were taken to hospital but were discharged the same night.
The amateur cameraman wrote under the video: “Russian degenerates… They beat up the stewards here, what is going to happen in Warsaw?”
Apparently police have studied the tapes and have identified twelve of the attackers as Russian but have not yet published their names. The attackers' information has been made available to police countrywide and to the Russian border guards.
Mariusz Sokolowski, Polish Police spokesman, has stated, “We need to catch these people as soon as possible, and make them pay for what they have done. If need be, we can start an international search for them.”
Russian fan zones throughout the host country have had security increased to prevent further problems.