As reported by Censor.NET, Kim Sengupta of Independent spoke in France with a Russian fan named Nikolai, who he had met two years ago in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, where he allegedly "helped those injured in the fighting, rather than took part in combat himself." Nikolai says many hooligans that took part in the brutal beating of English fans do martial arts. And those who the French police want to expel are allegedly not involved in the unrest in Marseille.
As previously reported, about 40 people suffered in clashes in Marseille. In addition, Russian fans attacked the supporters of the English team right at the stadium during the England-Russia match. In this regard, UEFA has instituted proceedings against the Russian Football Union on charges of disorders, racist behavior, and the use of pyrotechnics by Russian fans.