Sunday, September 11, 2005

Hundreds of soccer hooligans clashed with police overnight on September 11-12, 2005, after a fourth division match, leaving six officers injured and damaging eight police cars in the southern town of Mielec, Poland. The violence began after a fan who was being pursued by police for speeding on his motorcycle died in a crash Sunday evening. Some 500 rioters then began attacking police with paving stones. More than 200 policemen reacted by firing rubber bullets on the crowd during the five-hour clash. They also detained about 60 people.