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Russia and Poland soccer fans clash in Warsaw

  • Clashes broke out on Tuesday between rival Russian and Polish soccer fans in the Polish capital Warsaw ahead of a Euro 2012 match between the two nations.

    A march by thousands of Russian fans to celebrate their national day, which marks Russia's declaration of sovereignty in 1990, was halted as tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons were used to disperse fans.

    Some 6,000 police were on duty to keep the rival fans apart.

    56 arrests were made and seven people were injured in the violence.

    Rivalry between the two countries extends beyond just sport. Russia occupied Poland for more than a century and dominated it during the Cold War, after World War II.