Arsenal to aid Poland’s Euro 2012 preparations

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Arsenal have signed a contract to provide stewarding expertise to the Polish football authorities (PZPN) ahead of the UEFA European Championships next summer, according to the Press Association.

Poland has been under the international microscope in recent months with their infrastructure preparations for the showpiece tournament falling behind schedule and with incidents of crowd violence overshadowing the climax of the country’s domestic league.

Speaking to PA, parliamentary under-secretary for state, Tomasz Polgrabski, revealed the details of the deal signed with the Premier League club as Poland bid to deal with their long-running history of football hooliganism.

“Our FA has signed a contract with Arsenal,” confirmed Polgrabski.

“Our staff went to Arsenal to learn how to teach the stewards. Now we have a programme to implement and are producing better stewards who are well qualified and are capable of dealing with matters as they arise.”

Supporters from two of Poland’s most well known clubs, Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznan, clashed in violent tussles at the Polish Cup final last month in an incident which forced the country’s Football Association to ban away supporters from stadia.

 

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