The 2016 European Championship in France has been marred by violence and hooliganism.
Thankfully, the fighting between sets of fans has reduced in the past week, but the opening days of the tournament were ugly to say the least.
Russian supporters have instigated much of the violence, leading many to fear for the 2018 World Cup. It is thought that if thousands of fans are willing to travel to France to cause chaos, the events in their own back yard will be even worse.
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But one Russian hooligan has a positive prediction for the tournament, claiming that it will be the “safest tournament in history”.
Although many fans still have their doubts about travelling to Russia, the claim from a man named Misha will provide some relief to others.
In an interview with Goal, Misha reckons Russia proved it can be a safe environment for football fans during the 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea, which was played in Moscow.
“In Russia, in 2018, the police will show to all Europe how it should work," he said.
"It will be the safest championship in all of history because Russian police know how to work.
"In 2008, when it was the Champions League final, Manchester United played with Chelsea in Moscow. There was not one problem. A lot of England came and there was not one problem. Everything was good because the Russian police think ahead.
"In Russia we have a saying that 'a place doesn't make a man, a man makes a place', and I think here it is not such a good atmosphere but we are sure that, in Russia, it will be the best championship in all of history because there will be no problem with other nations' people and Russians.”
As confident as Misha is in the Russian police, England fans are already planning to give the World Cup a miss.
“No chance,” one supporter in France told ESPN when asked if he would go to Russia.
“If they were that organised and brutal here, imagine how they’ll be in Russia,” another pondered.
After the violence that has left two England fans in comas and plenty of others requiring surgery, there are calls for FIFA to review the decision to allow the tournament to be played in the world’s largest nation.
Many Russian fans have been caught with knives and other weapons in France but Misha claims his group of hooligans has one rule: no weapons.
“We don’t use weapons. That is our rule,” he added. “We have a name for this rule: 'Russian style'. Only hands and legs, no weapons, no bottles, no glasses, nothing.
"That's our rule in Russia and we want to make this the rule in all of Europe. No weapons, because we fight to fight, not to kill somebody."
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