Football violence flares in Moscow ahead of World Cup

World Cup violence: Drunk England fan robbed and beaten in Moscow and Frenchman left disabled after homophobic attack

  • Clashes have taken place in Russia in the run-up to the World Cup
  • An England fan told police he was robbed and beaten while drunk
  • Meanwhile a Frenchman was seriously assaulted in a car and left disabled
  • The attacks raise fears that the tournament will be marred by unrest 

Violence has flared for the first time in Russia in the build-up to the World Cup.

An England fan has told police he was robbed and attacked by five local men in Moscow on Monday.

It follows claims a French gay man and a companion suffered serious injuries on Saturday after being beaten by two men who gave them a lift in St Petersburg.

Russia is known for its football violence and there are fears that England fans will be targeted

Moscow fans cheer and burn red flares as they watch a game at Lokomotiv Stadium

A huge flag painted with a Russian bear is displayed by local fans in Saint Petersburg Stadium

The Moscow subway is hoped to be a safe way to travel around the city during the World Cup


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The attacks, reported by Russian media, are the first to blight the World Cup which begins in Moscow tomorrow.

The Englishman was said to be so drunk when the incident happened that could not even spell his name to officers.

The report, from social media news outlet Mash Telegram, which has close links to law enforcement, said the England fan was forced to withdraw cash from an ATM and hand over the money.

The victim reported that the assailants ‘forced him to withdraw some amount of money from his card but he doesn’t know how much – or simply could not explain it’.

Ultras of CSKA Moscow show their support for their team with flares and clouds of smoke

A selection of Russian fans support their team in a game with Spain at Nibibutr Stadium

England players arrive in Russia for World Cup in their team coach 

An England fan shows his support during the England media access at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Young fans pose during the England media access at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Volunteers take photographs of fans during the England media access at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018

A translator was called by the police to help the investigation, said the report. No other details or confirmation were immediately available.

On the reported French case, a man named as O Davrius suffered head and brain injuries and a jaw fracture. Injuries to his companion were not specified.

The news report on the OperSlil Telegram channel – also linked to law enforcement – read: ‘Even though the injured are homosexuals, it does not justify the monsters who beat him.’

The report said the severity of the attack on the Frenchman had left him ‘disabled’. The attackers were detained and named as Ismet Gaidarov, 25, and Rasul Magomedov, 24.

Both were reported to be from Dagestan, a strife-torn mainly Muslim republic in the Caucasus.

The attacks will heighten security concerns as Western fans arrive in Moscow at a time of high political tension between east and west.


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