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Explanation of English supporter for the riots in Marseille

English supporter who participated in one of the riots in Marseille shared with us his explanation about what happened.

The guy is Leicester city fan who lost his flag during attack from Russians. Here is what he wrote:

France, Marseille 11.06.2016

People who were sitting having a drink, chat and in a large number of cases some food had to take the decision to fight or flee.

The majority fled only to be chased down and beaten, have glass bottles, chairs and tables launched at them as organised and trained Russians wearing balaclava’s, masks and gum shields (I shit you not) stampeded across the square.

We saw literally dozens of people sustain horrific injuries as wave after wave of Russians poured down the small alleyways and streets in what turned into a running battle on the ground.

No one had time to take flags or belongings as they tried to run from the flying debris and so as the square was trashed we saw flags and scarfs being torn down as tables and chairs rained on.

During the carnage that ensued I lost my Leicester Flag, torn down by some mindless thugs.

To be clear the England fans in the square were England fans. Wearing England shirts and with no anticipation or means to cope with what happened. There was no hooligan element on our side.

I would like to congratulate the French police for having zero presence during the mayhem in the square itself and standing and observing in small numbers and riot gear at the top of a flight of stairs leading away from the square.
Only 30 minutes or so later did they decide to turn up in numbers, by which point there were numerous England fans bloodied and battered with some laying on the floor unconscious / not moving and in some cases fighting for their life’s.

The day went on and we moved on.

We saw a large number of fans washing blood off themselves and looking out for each other.

We drank beer, sang about Jamie Vardy and had a great night.

The flag was forgotten about.

Here is chronology of the incidents happened in last days between Russiand and English supporters:

Euro 2016: Lokomotiv Moscow attacked England fans 10.06.2016

Euro 2016:England fan beaten twice in one day 10.06.2016

The night fights between Russians and the British 10.06.2016

New day of riots between Russians and English 11.06.2016

Riots on stadium after Russia – England 11.06.2016

Another fight between Russians and English lads in Lille 14.06.2016


  1. Sums it up. Russian hooligans went after drunk English shirters, families, old men and youngsters. And they’re trying to claim a result. Must be embarrassing to Russian right now. But the whole world knows what happened, and everyone knows they’re scum with no class, even worse than the Turkish with their knives, and that’s why Russia will never be the number 1 firm.

    • Please , send me a video of the beating of women and children Russians fan 🙂

      • I’ve read a lot of comments about russians using weapons and beating women and children, still no videos to be found. No matter how many times the english tell a lie, it will not become the truth. You should be ashamed of yourselves, everyone is making fun of you not for getting beaten, but for desperately trying to find excuses for that. The english “hooligans” are a disgrace!

      • I was there. I’m a local. I didn’t see any woman or children beaten by russians. That’s ridiculous.
        Nothing compared to 98′ when english fans threw things on random cars with family inside, destroyed shops, random locals beaten just for fun 4 on 1.

        This week-end, it was Hooligan culture vs. white trash culture. An impressive lesson.

  2. God Bless Russians. Shit to English liars and hypocrites.

  3. Russian brothers! Love from SERBIA! Is it possible that english cunts after running like rabbits now try to explain why are they pussys

  4. On photo there are 6 of you (age about 25-30, some with tattoos) and you even did not try to protect your flag. This is first thng that you need protect or do not take flag with you.
    Why you do not tell stories, how english fans just for fun throwed bottles at everybody (women, children, normal French people, who even do not care about football.) Or is it funny to throw bottles? You can throw bottles at police and local inhabitants but can not protect your own flag +))))

    Wearing gum shields +)))) LOL gum shields are weapons?

  5. You should all stay at home. People dont want see (and shouldnt have to) you guys ruin a nice sport event. People want a good time & you cant even have a beer and behave.

    Funny thing is that the lot of you fight as a result of weak character traits. If you dont punch someone in the face, youll think youre a loser. Normal, sound dont have to, but you have to – why is that?

    Not that anything of what ive written will change anyone. Thats the problem with people who are stupid – they dont know that they’re stupid.

  6. Truth on both sides of this story.

    1. Even the Russian lads admitted that they knew (most of the football world knows) that English intel/cops & French authorities keep mpst of the top hooligansfrom UK away. Many of the fans in France were in fact not hardcore. The Russians made a statement and even when they were at times provoked, the Brits doing so weren’t in the know of what to expect.

    2. The English are known to be loud/rowdy people especially ‘on tour’ at football matches and esp when drinking. Ultra or not, if you’re drinking, shouting and especially insutling other countries ie- pissing on flags – then you’re asking for a fight. If it just so happens that there are 100 average blokes having beers and several insist on insulting a nation, only to be approached by 100 members of that nation who are up for a fight well prepared and ready…then so be it, hoe you learned a lesson.

    Point is – no sympathy for the UK fans who need to learn to shut up. Some innocents might have gotten a beating but many probably deserved it. On the same token, no huge victory by the Russians for beating up drunk Englishmen. This doesn’t makeall Russian Ultra savages or heartless and it also doesnt make English hoolies “weak” for not even being in France during the fights

  7. Russians themselves posted videos of them approching the main square, tooled up and looking for anyone in a white England shirt. Their own videos show them attacking middle aged men who they found there.

    There was no English firm, there was no group of English fans to meet them, just random guys having lunch. How brave of these trained Russians to attack theses dads and grandads. What glorious victory it was !!!! Congratulations, you are number one.

  8. show me 1 video from a fight men to men,10 VS 10. You can not fucking russia bitches
    only 100 vs 10,are atacking people are drinking and steal some flags

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