Crime has always been a regrettably consistent element of the European soccer fan experience.
Poland has had considerable issues with hooligans, and it isn't taking any chances. The country is ready to take a bite out of law-breaking football fans during the upcoming 2012 UEFA European Football Championship next month.
Specifically, 600 Polish inmates have been shipped out of prisons in cities hosting soccer matches, with literally hundreds of judges on standby waiting to deal with the expected crime wave that's headed to the Republic of Poland.
Euro 2012 is being co-hosted by Poland and the nearby Ukraine.
Although no major disturbances of peace are expected, that hasn't kept the 69th largest country in the world from shipping the inmates out of jails in the Euro host cities' prisons, to make room for the onslaught of bad behaving football fools, according to Ireland's The Kerryman newspaper.
And 350 judges are being placed on standby in the four cities, including Warsaw, that are hosting games. Other judges from cities nearby could also be called in to deal with the soccer hooligans.
Similar to Eagles games, temporary courtrooms will be set up at stadiums for summary trials involving stadium violence during games.
Warsaw is also bracing for trade union unrest during the event. The union is upset with plans to raise the retirement age in Poland to 67 for a majority of Poles.
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