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Polish TV Apologizes For Showing Soviet Flag

The Soviet flag flies outside a monument to Vladimir Lenin in Stavropol.
Polish news anchor Piotr Krasko has publicly apologized for his station mistakenly showing the Soviet flag during a report about the Polish-Russian soccer match at the Euro 2012 tournament.

The graphic of the flag with the hammer and sickle appeared during a report on a news show on June 13 on TVP1, one day after Polish and Russian fans clashed in Warsaw.

Krasko said the Soviet flag graphic was prepared for a report about previous matches between the Soviet Union and Poland.

Krasko said it was an "unintentional mistake and at the worst possible moment."

Russia has been using a tri-colored flag for more than 20 years.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa