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: