The Holy War

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 2 May 2012, 08:19

I spent Monday night in Krakow for the local football derby between Wisla Krakow and Cracovia. There is such rivalry between these two teams that this fixture is also known as 'The Holy War'.

The intensity and hostility between the two sets of fans lived up to what I had heard. The photo here is of the Cracovia ultras/hooligans, known as the Anty Wisla, marching to their neighbour's ground. Many were involved in fierce fighting with police in the stand and the very liberal use of tear gas in response.

I'm writing a piece for the forthcoming issue of HOPE not hate on racism and antisemitism in Polish and Ukrainian football.

 Posted: 2 May 2012 | There are 1 comments


Comment 1 | From: Mr Dogwoof | Date: 2 May 2012, 10:12

Yeah. Strikes me that everyone in the football world is scrambling to undermine or bail out of Euro2012 because of the unpleasant racism about to be paraded accross TV Screens across the continent if not the world. Especially the Germans. This business about the Ukranian dissident woman being championed by Angela Merkyl being a case in point. Fifa is under pressure to 'look good' on racism, and is beginning to realise that making the right noises without doing anything makes Fifa 'look good' and detracts from the big stories about its endemic corruption. Its not great but at least its a start. English Football likes to put pressure over racism because its fed up of being pilloried as a country of football hooligans, which was true in the 1970s and 80s but European fan 'firms' are a now a lot worse than the English. And lets be fair compared to the E European football fans u r about to write about , English football and fans have made great strides against racism.

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