Putin advisor praises Polish police

14 June 2012 12:47

Russian President Vladimir Putin's advisor on human rights has praised Polish police as "well-prepared" and "effective" in countering hooliganism.

"In my opinion Polish police were well-prepared and acted effectively and efficiently," said Mikhail Fedotov.

Fedotov was in the Polish capital Warsaw for the highly-charged June 12 Poland-Russia Euro 2012 1-1 draw marred by pre-match hooligan violence that saw police detain 184 suspects, including 157 Poles and 24 Russians.

He witnessed "this gang attack Russian supporters who were quietly on their way home" but added the Tuesday brawls were just the work of "ordinary street thugs."

"These hooligans have nothing to do with sports fans -- neither the Polish nor anyone else," he said.

"I see that very many Poles are behaving kindly toward Russians, amicably," he added.

Source: AFP

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