Beware soccer fans! No country is safe from crazed fans. This time its Polish and Lithuanian soccer hooligans who are at it again!
What was supposed to be a low-key Intertoto match between Lithuania's Vetra Vilnius and Poland's Legia Warsaw became anything but. The match was abandoned at halftime after Polish fans got a little upset - or maybe you could call it a rampage. The fans thought it would be prudent to take the field, attacking police with metal bars and stones, and causing damage to the stadium.
Legia Warsaw's president Leszek Miklas did the dutiful and obligatory dance of contrition, hoping to stave off any penalties from the incident.
"We have decided to end our tolerance of those ruining the reputation of Legia, Poland and football...and are appealing to the Interior and Justice ministries to help us identify the offenders," Miklas told a news conference.
While you're at it, take a look at the video from "riot," it doesn't look like anything other than funny. That being said, I wasn't a cop down on the field, but it looks more like the Madison, Wisconsin Halloween scene as opposed to some full scale riot. OK, I would have been scared. Aside from noticing what a make-shift field they were playing on (only porta-potties?), there was another glaring aspect to the video. Was it just me, or was every single hooligan wearing a hooded sweatshirt? Is that all they sell in Poland and Lithuania? If they were true fans they would have rioted wearing the jersey of their favorite team.