As we anxiously await the start of the tournament tomorrow, disturbing news has emerged from an open practice session held by Holland.
The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor has the details:
The problems occurred as the players began the session by jogging a lap of the pitch only to be greeted at one end of the stadium with monkey noises and loud jeers. On the second circuit, they were even louder and it was then the players decided not to go around again. “At least now we know what we can encounter,” the Holland coach, Bert van Marwijk, said with heavy cynicism. “Very atmospheric.”
Krakow isn’t a small city – it’s the second largest in Poland. It wasn’t a couple of fans, it was hundreds.The timing of this couldn’t be worse for an organization (UEFA) that has already faced criticism for their plans to combat racial idiocy in the stands.
Ironically the Dutch team had visited the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp earlier in the day.
The incident took place at Stadion Miejski, the home of Wisla Krakow – one of Poland’s biggest clubs. A group of thugs who associate themselves with Wisla Krakow are featured in the video above. Let’s hope this doesn’t foreshadow things to come.