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Polish fans detained after Intertoto violence in Lithuania

9 July 2007 12:14

VILNIUS (AFP) - Twenty-six supporters of Polish club Legia spent a night in jail in the Lithuanian capital after a violence-marred Intertoto Cup match against Vetra Vilnius was halted at half time, police said Monday.

Thirteen supporters of the flagship Warsaw side had already been arrested by Lithuanian police ahead of the second round first leg match Sunday, while the same number were detained on charges of hooliganism and resisting arrest.

Four Vetra fans were also arrested, police said.

One Lithuanian supporter was taken to hospital with knife wounds, and two police officers were treated for slight head and leg injuries.

With Vetra leading 2-0 after 45 minutes, several hundred of the estimated 2,500 visiting fans invaded the pitch after the half-time whistle.

The Poles threw missiles at the police, and ripped up advertising hoardings to protect themselves from the law enforcement officers' tear gas and baton charges.

Police forced the Legia supporters out of the stadium, and Vetra fans were asked to remain inside the ground for security reasons.

European football's governing body UEFA was expected to punish Legia for its supporters' behaviour, following an investigation, officials said.

Polish supporters -- and Legia fans in particular -- have a reputation for violence.

Last year, Legia hooligans fought running battles with police in central Warsaw and ransacked part of the Polish capital's Old Town to celebrate the club's league title.

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Competition
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Date
8 July 2007
Kick-off
18:00
Full-time
3 - 0
On aggregate
3 - 0
Details

Suspended at 2-0, after Legia supporters invaded the pitch. UEFA stated 3-0 reglementory win.

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