The Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France has been overshadowed by hooligan violence on the streets, after “well-trained” Russians nearly killed English supporters in Marseille Saturday.
French investigators said the Russians appeared to be extremely skilled fighters who came to France solely for the purpose of assaulting fans from other nations. A Russian fan explained to The Sun how the hooligans spent years preparing for the tournament, and had to go through auditions to be selected to go to France. (RELATED: 150 ‘Well-Trained’ Russian Hooligans Travel To France To Beat Up Europeans [VIDEO])
“These are not normal football supporters. They are not even normal football hooligans,” the fan told The Sun. “They will never back down from a fight which is why they make sure those that they recruit are up for a fight.”
Tryouts where aspiring hooligans scrimmage against each other is the first part of the auditions, according to the fan. The best fighters are then selected to move on to the second round, where they single-handedly go up against four or five other hooligans to show they can take a serious beating. The leaders then decided the final roster of about 150 hooligans who were selected to go to France and cause mayhem.
Here is an example of what a Russian hooligan fight looks like.
England is notorious for having the most violent and dedicated hooligans at international soccer tournaments. The Russians were determined to change this label during the ongoing Euros.
“The English always say they are the main football hooligans,” a Russian hooligan named Vladimir told The Sun. “We went to show that the English are girls. The aim is to come and prove that English fans aren’t hooligans, they don’t know how to fight.”
Several Brits were injured and a 51-year-old man is currently in a coma at a hospital in Marseille.
The Russians continued their attacks on the Brits Tuesday in the city of Lille, where England plays Wales Wednesday. Two Russians were arrested, according to Sky News.
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