Police out in force ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier

Police are out in force for a Champions League preliminary round match between Sparta Prague and Lech Poznan at Prague’s Letná stadium on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of Polish fans, among them notorious rowdies, have been arriving for the match in the course of the day. A police spokeswoman said the police had checked dozens of buses crossing the border, returning a number of fans without Ids who were suspected of having been extradited for causing trouble on previous occasions. Around three thousand Polish fans are expected to attend the match, gathering first on Prague’s Old Town Square and making their way to the stadium on foot. A similar event last year ended in street clashes with the police after Polish rowdies attempted to force their way into the football grounds without tickets and vandalized public property after failing to gain admission.