The Spanish authorities confirmed on Monday that they had prevented a clash between ultra supporters from Poland and Spain on June 19 in Seville. An appointment had even been set on the sidelines of the Euro 2021 match between the two fan clans.
Spain probably avoided a controversy or even a drama on the occasion of the Euro 2021 match between La Roja and Poland on June 19. The Spanish Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that a police intervention had prevented a giant fight between supporters of the two teams near the Cartuja stadium in Seville.
As the newspaper Marca reports, ultras of the two selections had met to do battle during a ‘fight’ on the sidelines of the clash of group E between the proteges of Luis Enrique and the partners of Robert Lewandowski. The Spanish national police, in collaboration with the Polish public authorities, were able to identify movements of ultras with the sulphurous reputation in the direction of Seville for the match.
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An old rivalry to conclude
On paper nothing foreshadowed the existence of a big rivalry between Spain and Poland during this Euro 2021. Problem a dispute had existed for several years between Polish and Spanish club ultras. In 2013, Andalusian supporters with an antifa tendency from the Biris Norte group fought with ultras from the Slask Wroclaw team before a Europa League match.
Rebelote three years later when in 2016 Real Madrid supporters had trouble with Legia Warsaw ultras. Enough to provoke resentment among some Poles with a slightly too hot temperament.
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Brawl narrowly avoided, no incident
Monitored for several days, the group of Polish fans considered the most violent finally landed at Malaga airport before joining other supporters from Eastern Europe in a square in Seville. The presence of around forty Andalusian ultras has led to a tense situation… which will not ultimately go beyond the stage of observation.
The rapid intervention of the police avoided the fight and the searches carried out on the individuals concerned made it possible to find multiple weapons such as knives, iron bars, sticks or fireworks. No incident was ultimately caused by the ultras according to the police. Five years after the violent clashes between Russian and English supporters in Marseille during Euro 2016, this time it has passed very close. The match played between La Roja and Poland ended with a score of parity (1-1).