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Checks on S8 before the Legia match. The police are checking whether Dinamo Zagreb fans are going to Warsaw

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In the evening, Legia Warszawa will play against Dinam Zagreb in the second leg of the third round of the Champions League qualifying rounds. On the S8 route, police check coaches for Zagreb fans. – We have information that Croatian fans can move – told us the deputy spokesman of the capital police.

The reporter of tvnwarszawa.pl, Mateusz Szmelter, informed that a huge traffic jam has formed on the S8 route, near the village of Michałowice Wieś, in the Pruszków poviat. But the reason is not a collision or heavy traffic.

– There are huge police forces on the spot, even several dozen police cars, which occupy one lane in both directions – he says. And he adds that the policemen are carrying out checks. – In the bay towards Warsaw, at the level of Poniatowskiego Street in Michałowice, there are three coaches checked by the police – he adds.

Our reporter points out that policemen are also circling other sections of S8.

Szmelter stipulates that the traffic jams are created not only by police cars occupying the road, but also by drivers. – Lots of people slow down to see what’s going on. As a result, the cars stand both ways. The difficulties extend to Jerozolimskie Avenue on one side and the S7 route at the Wolica junction on the other – he warns.

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The police check whether they are fans from Zagreb

We asked the Warsaw Police Headquarters about the details of the operation. – On the S8 route at the MOP (passenger service point – ed.) Puchała, we are checking coaches heading towards Warsaw. We are checking whether fans from Zagreb travel by these coaches, because we had such information, but it is not yet confirmed – he tells us. Rafał Retmaniak, deputy KSP spokesman. And he adds: – There are checks on three coaches, but it is at the MOP, there should be no traffic jams because of that. We control what seems suspicious to us or where we have information that fans may move. It’s not like we randomly control every car.

The deputy spokesman for KSP assures that when it comes to the three stopped coaches, the policemen had information that fans could use them. – We are checking whether they are fans from Zagreb, who, anyway, cannot enter the Legia stadium because the match is played without visiting fans. We check that they are not carrying any dangerous items, the possession of which is prohibited.

When asked about the first results of the inspection, he replied: – I have no information that anyone has been detained.

A week earlier, during Legia’s first match with Dinamo, in Zagreb there were clashes of fans of both clubs.

Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter / tvnwarszawa.pl

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