Russian hooligans targeting England fans again during the 2018 World Cup
With their faces hidden and largely topless, the thugs gloat in a new BBC documentary about the brutal injuries they imparted on English football fans at Euro 2016.
One gang member said: “Everyone is looking forward to the World Cup. For some it will be a festival of football, for others it will be a festival of violence.
“Our opponents are the English, the forefathers of hooliganism. We are awaiting them. If you are there you should calculate getting your a*** kicked.”
The documentary shows the gang, known as the Orel Butchers, in serious training as they aim to be a ruthless fighting force at the next World Cup. New recruits are made to bare knuckle brawl in ‘jungle fights’.
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The ringleader, a semi-professional martial arts fighter called Denis, hides behind a balaclava as he boasts of his attacks.
He said: “I hit a guy in the head. There was a British guy in a coma. I was thinking, ‘I bet that’s my guy because I really hit him properly.’
“We were determined to mess up the British guys. It was like 200 professionals fighting 2,000 amateurs.”
One hoodlum bragged about the depraved fighting as being a hobby as he said: “I don’t see anything bad in this.
Gangs of Russian hooligans are undertaking a brutal training regime
We have one that says who’s down is hit until they can’t stand up
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“Some collect stamps, some like mountain hiking, some collect cars. We fight. I think it is better than drinking alcohol, smoking, or taking drugs.”
When asked if they had any rules the gang scoffed and said: “We have one that says who’s down is hit until they can’t stand up.”
A hooligan known only as Vasily the Killer, alleged Putin was involved in the organised attacks on England fans at Euro 2016 and said hooliganism has given him “this feeling you are on top of Everest and can do anything.”
A video posted after the 2016 attacks had the following warning: “We are hard men, many from the army and police. Not soft English men in their Lacoste clothes and girls’ shoes.
The Kremlin were accused of not doing enough to stop the Russian hooligans
“We fight in the woods and train and fight at matches. England fans will have no chance. Russia is number one.”
The yobs are worried Kremlin officials will try to clamp down on the hooligan leaders prior to the tournament. An anonymous gang member claimed: “What’s most likely [to] happen [is] they will just take down all leaders, all people who are capable of organising anything and just lock them down.”