In a humorous response to mock the attack, the ‘Feminists vs. Nationalists’ video shows a group of 18 people interrupting the anti-homophobia tournament and tries to minimise the incident by asking: “How many nationalists you need to steal 2 banners? 18. How many feminists to get them back? 2.”
The tournament, which is organised annually by the Fare member Chrząszczyki Sports Club as part of the Football v Homophobia month of action, celebrates diversity in football, while tackling sexist prejudices in sport and supporting the growth of women’s football in Poland.
During the attack, the group of intruders forced their way into the facilities stating that “there was no place for such ideas”, taking down two banners and threatening to disrupt the final ceremony.
Despite the incident, no one was injured and both the tournament and afterparty were held according to schedule.
Suzi Andreis of the organising group said: “Our tournament aims to create a space for women’s football and try to make the sport inclusive for all women regardless of their sexual orientation.
“We received an enormous amount of solidarity from all possible sources, organisations and friends, and we have to thank the police for taking the incident and the threat seriously. Police patrols took care of our safety and integrity until the party finished.”
French Fare member Les Dégommeuses, who together with Fare, ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association, DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Etnoliga, Lambda Warsaw and the Embassy of Germany in Poland, supported the event, said: “We send you all our solidarity for what happened – and congratulations for your incredible reaction!
“The members of our team who were in Warsaw were very amazed about how you dealt with all this.”