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Lithuanian border guards and police prepare for Polish football fans

Lenkų sirgaliai Varšuvoje muša rusą.
AFP/„Scanpix“ nuotr. / Polish football fans are notorious for aggressive behavior.
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuanian border guards and police officers are getting ready for the arrival of Polish football fans in Vilnius on Thursday amid fears of potential violent behavior. Border guards plan to thoroughly check arriving Polish football fans, and Vilnius police will actively patrol the Lithuanian capital.

"We will come to police assistance. We don't want to disclose the measures we plan to employ but those measures will be used. We can say that individuals arriving in Lithuania will be thoroughly checked," Giedrius Misutis of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service told BNS on Tuesday.

In his words, the police have asked border guards to assist them in controlling fans of Lech Poznan.

Paulius Radvilavičius, spokesman for Vilnius County Chief Police Commissariat, told BNS that the police "are seriously and intensively preparing" for Thursday.

"On the day of the game, stronger police forces will work at and inside the stadium and around the city in general. Any sort of guns, objects intentionally made to injure people or capable of injuring people will be banned from the stadium, also knives, stones, bottles, pieces of glass, wooden pieces, bats, metal sticks – anything one could use to throw, stab or use carelessly and pose threat to others. In general, any sharp objects will be banned from the stadium, as well as face masks, any type of pyrotechnical materials, alcoholic beverages, drugs and psychotropic substances," the police spokesman said, adding that obviously drunk and aggressive people would not be allowed in either.

VMFD Žalgiris and Lech Poznan are meeting in Vilnius on Thursday for the first game of the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

Polish football fans are notorious for being the most crowds in Central Europe.

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