Fan set on fire in Polish top-flight match

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A Polish top-flight encounter between Slask Wroclaw and Zaglebie at the weekend was marred by a terrifying scene in which a fan burst into flames after being fired with tear gas by stadium security.

Zaglebie Lubin were playing away in Wroclaw at the Stadion Miejski, which hosted three matches at Euro 2012, and brought with them a small but fervent following of 600 supporters. There were flags aplenty in the away section, while some fans also chose to light flares.

One flare wielding fan chose to scale a fence erected to pen in the away supporters and his actions clearly incensed the stadium staff. As he waved the flare, perhaps even goading the security, he was doused in a stream of tear gas and, momentarily, was engulfed in an enormous fireball.

The flames sent the supporter sprawling to the ground, and then he made his way back into the crowd. This moment was captured spectacularly by Newspix agency photographer Sebastian Borowski and appeared in Polish newspaper Fakt.

There is also a video of the incident. Take a look above, and keep your eye on the fan with the flare in the bottom left of the shot. Blink and you’ll miss it.

For what it's worth, Slask Wroclaw got the win courtesy of a late goal from Marco Paixao.

[Source: EuroSport]

The fan goes up in flames.

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