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Euro 2012: Up the Hammers

Euro 2012 officials in Poland have withdrawn a ban on Russian fans sporting the country's old hammer and sickle Communist symbols after being accused of "provoking" trouble.

Earlier Polish diplomats in Moscow had warned supporters that the symbol would by treated just like German swastikas, banned under the country's anti-Nazi laws.

Now - after complaints from Russia - Poland has reversed the warning saying that if the symbols aren't "glorified" - they will be legal.

But critics say the ruling raises the risk of ultra-right wing fans wearing Nazi regalia and then claiming legal immunity.

Russian sports minister Vitali Mutko said: "Poland has unnecessarily heated up this situation."

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