In Piotrków Trybunalski, handball fans who wanted to see the game between the local team and Vive Tauron Kielce, started gathering in front of the arena at 4 PM. An incident took place while the teams were warming up. Around 6:15 PM, a group of unidentified hooligans tried to enter the venue through the emergency exit doors.
They forced the door open, and the security responded, using pepper spray to stop the aggressors from entering the hall, where the teams were warming up and spectators were waiting for the game to begin.
Unfortunately, large amounts of the substance got into the sports hall, and a number of people experienced trouble breathing. The hosts opened the doors and windows to get as much fresh air as possible into the hall. The police also intervened.
The response of the venue security was in line with the relevant procedures and effective in preventing the aggressors from entering the arena. As a consequence, the game started with a twenty minute delay.
We request corrections from all media that published false information on the incident.
The announcement of the President of Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski can be downloaded here: announcement
With regards to the incident (and I would like to emphasize the singular here), the Superleague condemns such behaviors and views the reaction of the hosts, Piotrkowianin, as exemplary. What the hooligans (importantly – not related to handball in any way) did is a threat not only to handball, but to sports in general. The Superleague supports and will support all actions aiming at improving security and preventing similar incidents, unrelated to handball, in the future. The Superleague would like to express appreciation for Polish handball fans who, through their behavior, are a role model for fans of all sports. The methods used by hooligans (again, not related to handball in any way), are not condoned by handball fans and will be condemned and combated by the Superleague.