The tournament will be a “festival of violence” for Russia’s violent fans, according to a hooligan who led a Russian group at the centre of the violence which marred England’s game in Marseille during the Euro 2016.
Another, who watched the shocking scenes from his home, claimed the Russian thugs “were a special military force sent by Vladimir Putin to conquer Europe”.
The terrifying claims were made during a BBC documentary, Russia’s Hooligan Army. The programme shows groups of men taking part in prearranged brawls against rival fans and preparing physically for when next year’s tournament comes to Russia.
A hooligan, who is known only as Vasily the Killer, head of the Gladiators firm of Spartak Moscow supporters and believed to be a key figure behind the violence in Marseille last summer told the filmmaker hooliganism had given him “principles and courage”.
Russian hooligans have warned England fans they are targets for violence at World Cup 2018
For some it will be a festival of football, for others it will be a festival of violence
Anonymous Russian hooligan
He told the programme he was forced to observe the violence from afar as he waited for the birth of his fifth child.
“When all this happened, the Marseille thing, I was at my country house drinking cider and awaiting the birth of my fifth child,” he said.
“I wish I had been in Marseille the moment everything kicked off, when 150 Spartans, hooligans from all over Russia went there and f***** all these English, these drunk chavs from Luton, Leeds and other English s***holes.
“I really wanted to be there a lot, I watched what was going on in Marseille and if I can say so, I watched like a professional.
England fans were targeted by Russian hooligans in Marseille during Euro 2016
“Looking at everything online, and I was thinking what I’d be doing if I was there. The current state of today’s English hooligans is the same as your western culture and civilisation – I mean deeply in the garbage bin.”
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Commenting on who had sent the violent gangs to France, the Russian added: “They were special military forces of football hooligans sent by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin to conquer Europe.”
In an interview with a second hooligan, named Denis, who led the “Orel Butchers” group that was at the centre of the Marseille violence, he said it was inevitable English supporters will be targets by Russian thugs.
“They can come over and we’ll see,’ he said, “somebody will obviously try to do something, that is like 100 per cent – 100 per cent guaranteed.”
Advising potential English visitors, he added: “Have a family and children around you or something. If you are there with your male friends you should calculate on getting your a*** kicked.”
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Dennis claimed that Russian hooligans in Marseille had the upper hand over the English supporters because they hone their skills and together they leave their rivals “always stranded” because they fail to operate as a group like the Russians.
One anonymous hooligan told the filmmaker that the World Cup in Russia “for some it will be a festival of football, for others it will be a festival of violence.”
Another said: “I am going to give some free advice to the guys that might come here in 2018.
“Learn the history of our country. We are at war every hundred years, we are natural born warriors, it’s in our blood.
“Come to this country with a sword and you will die by that sword.”