Swedish judge gives jail sentences to Polish football hooligans
PR dla Zagranicy
Five Polish fans of Śląsk Wrocław have been given prison sentences of between two and three months by a Swedish court after assaulting police officers and damaging property in Gothenburg, western Sweden.
Śląsk Wrocław fans. The banner reads: 'A fanatical public enemy'. Photo: wikimedia commons/Skamielina
The incidents took place both prior to and after a Europa League qualifier on 23 July between IFK Gotenburg and Śląsk Wrocław.
The most serious incident occurred at a pub, which the defendants attacked with smoke bombs and bottles, causing extensive damage.
The five defendants denied taking part in the mêlée, but they had been filmed by bystanders and this evidence was presented to the court.
Some 33 fans were initially arrested on 23 July, but ultimately only five were charged.
Besides serving their sentences, the convicted men will also have to pay damages.
IFK Gotenburg won the match itself 2-0. (nh)