Thursday, December 7

Russian sports minister bizarrely claims there was NO crowd trouble after Russia’s draw with England



Provided by Mirror Deluded Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed there were no clashes between fans after England drew 1-1 with Russia on Saturday night.

Three Lions goalkeeper Joe Hart urged supporters in the crowd to stay safe after Russian fans broke through the minimal segregation and perpetrated a coordinated attack on the England support inside the Stade Velodrome following running battles on the streets of Marseille earlier during the day.

UEFA confirmed this morning that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Russia for crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour.

But Mutko, who infamously claimed for 97 breakfasts during a three-week official visit to Canada and has been accused of being complicit in state-sponsored Russian doping, denied any such violence took place.

There was no clash… that’s being exaggerated, he said.

In fact everything is fine here. When the match ended, there was no barrier between the fans. The British were upset, of course, but it all quickly dissolved, the minister said.

Such matches should be organised properly. It is necessary to separate the fans [at the stadium]. The bad thing is that there were firecrackers and flares. There were no nets. One must understand these things.

Aleksandr Shprigin, the head of the Russian football fans’ union, echoed Mutko’s sentiments, telling Russian news agency TASS that no such violence took place

Shocking scenes as Russian fans confront English at full time

There was no clash, he said.

The entire English sector just got up and ran away. There were no scuffles, police were standing there. Everything is ok. The police are working well.

Alexei Sorokin, CEO of the 2018 World Cup organising committee, also dismissed any link between the scenes in Marseille and his nation’s suitability to host FIFA’s flagship tournament, claiming the World Cup is in two years, this is a different tournament.

Russian thugs in balaclavas attacked England fans in the stadium at the final whistle. moments after Russia stunned England by scoring an injury-time equaliser to force a 1-1 draw in the sides’ opening Euro 2016 game.

Women and children were apparently trampled by Russian supporters as they pushed across into the England section of the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

Panicking England fans were seen to be climbing fences to get out of the way of the Russian assault.

Disabled supporters in wheelchairs were pictured trapped by the violence.

Witnesses inside the stadium claimed Russian supporters managed to smuggle a firework past security. Many also reported there were no police to be seen in the stands.

Fans had complained before the match that there did not appear to be suitable segregation in the stadium, with just a sheet of blue tarpaulin separating English and Russian fans in one of the stands.

The BBC’s Nick Eardley wrote on Twitter: Have never seen anything like this in football stadium. Utter panic in England as some Russians charged. Women and children trampled.

England fans (and many French people too) climbing fences to avoid Russian supporters.

Jamie Vardy’s new wife Rebekah was disgusted at the treatment of fans at the England match on Saturday night as they clashed with Russia.

The WAG tweeted that it had been her “worst experience ever” at an away game, claiming that people had been “treated like caged animals”.

In a series of startling tweets, the supportive wife wrote: I witnessed this with my own eyes! I can’t comment on things I didn’t see but what I got caught up in was horrific and uncalled for!

Panicking England fans were seen to be climbing fences to get out of the way of the Russian assault.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart urged Three Lions fans to be safe” at the full-time whistle.

The Three Lions had to settle for a point on the field despite dominating their opponents throughout as Vasili Berezutski cancelled out Eric Dier’s free-kick.

After the game, Hart was seen gesturing to a section of England fans, reportedly his family, telling them Be safe, stay here.

UEFA has said it will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence.

Russia are expected to face stronger sanctions after its fans attacked England supporters in the stadium.

It comes after England fans were left in critical condition after Russian hooligans clashed with Three Lions supporters and heavily armed riot police ahead of the Euro 2016 clash.

Carnage erupted in the city’s ancient port as a group of up to 30 masked Russians in black T-shirts charged England fans drinking outside bars as the French National Guard waited on standby behind shields.

Amid ugly scenes, the English fans retaliated and threw chairs back and green bottles of Heineken at the hooligans from Lokomotiv Moscow and riot oficers – before two rival fans squared up to one another.

Officers fired tear gas canisters into the riot in an attempt to disperse the gangs before a running battle continued in the narrow streets leading out of the marina.

Five people have been injured and six arrests made after violence broke out and fans fought running battles in the streets.