Traveling supporter Ian Allsop has revealed how Russian fans wore England shirts in an attempt to go undetected before launching a savage attack prior to the Euro 2016 opener.
Fans from both countries were involved in violent clashes in Marseille's city centre and the Stade Velodrome and it is widely believed most of the trouble was caused by so-called Russian ultras.
One incident in particular became the concern of the British press in which a large group of Russians ambushed largely peaceful England fans in an organised attack.
Allsop, who was part of the group surrounded by those hooligans, claimed there were as many as 300 Russians involved and that many of them were wearing gum shields and even MMA gloves.
More worryingly, he revealed that some were even in England shirts and walked right into the middle of a large group of England fans before launching savage beatings on whoever was within reach.
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Knives, baseball bats & bottles
He told The Mirror: “About 300 Russians came out of nowhere in the afternoon. They wore gum shields, some had England shirts on to mix in.
“They just walked straight through all the England fans who were standing about singing. They just started hitting anyone they could.
“One went to punch me and I ducked. But then someone took a wooden bat to my arm. It is killing me today. The Russians were completely organised.
“People were getting bottles smashed on their heads, baseball bats smashed into them. Loads of people were hurt. We told them to stop and they took out knives on us. The police were nowhere then.”
Trouble in the stadium
The fighting before the game continued after the final whistle. Russian fans overcame stewards to storm the England section and appeared to attack fans eager to escape. Some witnesses claim to have seen women and children caught up in the violence.
UEFA have since announced that they will investigate the actions of Russian fans and will announce the verdict, along with any punishment, on Tuesday. The governing body have refused to rule out disqualification for either Russia or England.
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