A Russian soccer hooligan has posted video shot on a belt-mounted camera, showing his group attacking rival fans at a city square in Marseille during the build-up to last Saturday's Russia-England match in the Euro 2016 competition. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration)
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A Russian "soccer fan" has posted video shot on a belt-mounted camera of his group attacking soccer fans at a city square in Marseille during the recent build-up to the Russia-England match in the Euro 2016 tournament on Saturday. The photographer films himself joining with others walked in a group to a vantage point where they can look across the square. Then they jog towards their target, picking up chairs and hurling missiles. The camera shows some fans, one with an England flag, lying on the ground and being kicked. Other fans are pursued through sidestreets and kicked and punched. Ultra-nationalist and schooled in their country's historical grievances, Russian soccer hooligans see themselves as fighting the Kremlin's geopolitical battles in miniature when they clash with foreign fans at the Euro 2016 tournament. Their conduct in Marseille drew praise in some political circles where sport is seen as an extension of what the Kremlin casts as Russia's battle for influence on the world stage. French authorities said about 150 hard-core Russian fans took part in the violence in Marseille. Marseille's chief prosecutor said some of the Russians involved in the worst of the violence had been trained to fight. The Russian authorities, already embroiled in a sports doping scandal before the Rio Olympics, have appealed to fans not to do anything to endanger the country's ability to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2018.