We've hopefully seen the last of the violence between groups of Russian ‘ultras’ and England supporters at Euro 2016.
The two groups were involved in fierce clashes in Marseille last weekend and the altercations continued in Lille earlier this week - albeit on a much smaller scale.
A large group of Russians have been deported from France while six England fans have been jailed for their involvement in the chaotic clashes in Marseille.
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Intelligence sources told the Independent this week that Russian thugs have deliberately targeted England fans over the past week because they want to remove the English as “top dog hooligans”.
But there’s a feeling that the Russians, despite have received a suspended disqualification by UEFA, aren’t taking enough responsibility for their fans’ actions. The country’s president, Vladimir Putin, even made a joke at the thought of a small number of Russians successfully attacking a large group of English supporters.
Fan reveals what's being reported in Russia
One person who is able to comment what is being reported in Russia is Plymouth Argyle fan Luc Jones, who moved to Moscow in 2002 and is currently in France supporting the Three Lions.
According to the 43-year-old, who is originally from Tavistock, the Russian media are continuing to pin the blame on the English fans.
"Russian media will never criticise its own people, unlike the UK media. It's viewed as just a scrap or provocation by England fans,” Luc told the Plymouth Herald.
"Russian TV keeps showing one England fan stamping on a Russian flag, and a group of England fans singing anti-Putin and Sharapova songs - which I have not heard sung before.
"The fact that Russian fans have a general habit of stealing opposing fans' flags and hanging them upside down has also been overlooked."
Luc was then asked whether the views of Russian MP Igor Lebedev - who encouraged the hooligans to continue fighting - was reflective of other officials in the country he currently resides.
"Not really,” he responded, “but there are some like him. It's all about showing 'patriotism' to the motherland."
Who is to blame?
On who is to blame for the violence, Luc continued: "You could write a whole book about this - it's far from being black and white.
“What many England fans consider to be normal or acceptable behaviour - like hanging England flags, taking their shirts off, drinking outside and chucking beer in the air - is considered very provocative by other nations' police and fans.
"We see it as loutish, yet harmless and UK police generally know ho to deal with it whereas for the French Police, it's aggressive and needs to be clamped down on.”
He added: "Several hundred Russian fans went to France specifically to fight - they prepared for years and made their intentions quite clear on social media.
"Many idolise the hooligan firms in Britain from the 70s and 80s so they see English fans as a prime target."
Russia could be eliminated from Euro 2016 on Monday
One suspects the French police - not to mention the England fans - won’t shed any tears if Russia are eliminated from the European Championships on Monday night.
Anything but a win over Wales in Toulouse and Leonid Slutsky’s side will be going home.
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