WARSAW (AFP) – UEFA president Michel Platini has urged fans to behave, as Russia take on Greece in Warsaw and Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland play the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, with all teams hoping to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Platini said the tournament had so far been “a celebration of the game of football, both on and off the pitch. It has been a festival of goals, entertainment, excitement and pride for both fans and players alike”.
But amid violence on the streets of the Polish capital last week, before, during and after Poland took on old historical and political foes Russia leading to more than 180 arrests, Platini said fans should leave rivalry to players on the pitch.
Fans attending the deciding matches in Group A should “conduct themselves with dignity and respect, and to behave themselves this evening at the stadiums and in the cities”, he said in a statement on the UEFA website.
The majority of fans’ behaviour so far had been “exemplary”, he added.