Amid the football championship, RT reporter Alexey Yaroshevsky has discovered testimonies on internet forums that describe the situation in one of the host cities as a “festival of street violence.” One such story suggested that an alliance had been formed between Russian and English football fans to battle French locals in Marseille, Yaroshevsky tweeted
According to the post, which was written in Russian football slang, some 30 to 40 Russian hooligans joined forces with 20 Brits to fight “a hundred, if not more locals.”
Congratulating fellow hooligans for upholding “the warrior spirit,” the author said that the fighting had started with a scuffle between Russian and British fans, with the latter throwing bottles and chairs at the Russians. “It should be noted police were nowhere to be seen,” he added.
The fight was then joined by some 100 fans of the local football team Olympique de Marseille, the forum post said, claiming that the involvement of the locals, who were mainly “blacks and Arabs,” prompted the Russians and Brits to unite against them. “Police took their time again, only appearing 20 minutes later,” it claimed.
Clashes inside and outside the stadium broke out on Saturday when Russia’s and England’s national teams played their first game, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Some 30 people were reportedly injured in ensuing brawls.