Russian Ultras threaten English Fans going to World Cup


Russian Ultra Soccer Fans
Russian Ultra Soccer Fans
Russian Ultras head to the World Cup. The  Ultras are preparing for fans to arrive in the country for the World Cup in June, as fears of a violence at the tournament soar. What should football fans expect at the World Cup? Moscow will host the 20th FIFA 2018 on June 14 and football-mania is hotting up. However, the normal excitement which surrounds the world-famous tournament has been marred by growing fears for fan safety, with some of Russia’s hooligans preparing for violence. 

Russian Ultras have gained a worldwide reputation for violence and fighting across a long history of tournaments.  FIFA has released a warning to fans traveling  to the tournament to be mindful and stay safe. Ultras, on the other hand, have pledged to take the fight to English fans and warned they should prepare for blood. 

Who are the Russian Ultras

 

Russian Ultras are renowned for the violence and tend to express their ‘ultimate fandom’ through pyrotechnics, group marches to grounds and flags, banners and chants. They gained notoriety during the French Euro 2016 tournament, when the Russian national football team was slapped with a suspended disqualification after major fan violence. 150 trained Ultras descended on the city of Marseille to unleash hell on England supporters. Around 20 fans, including English supporters, were arrested during the violence in Marseille.  35 people were reportedly injured.

 

Russian Ultras in pictures: What football fans are facing as they head to the World Cup?
Who are the Russian Ultras

 

Russian Ultras in pictures: What football fans are facing as they head to the World Cup?

 

 Russian Ultras have been preparing in secluded wooded areas
Who are the Russian Ultras

 

 

Russian Ultras have been preparing in secluded wooded areas

 

 

For this tournament, hundreds of ultras have pledged to “unleash hell” on rival fans and posted photos of their ‘training camps’ on the Russian social media site Vkontakte (VK). On one VK group, “Russian Hooligans”, a group moderator posted: “We are starting operation ‘Mundial’. Our plan is already well underway.”Another warned English fans: “They’d better go to the gym and prepare themselves somehow.”Footage has emerged of Ultras from Russia preparing in wooded areas, fighting with bare-fists and weapons to get ready.They are famous for fighting in a ‘wall’ formation, running at an opposing group of fans as a flat unit to beat down their opponents with unhinged violence.

Ultras fight in a wall formationVK

Ultras fight in a wall formation

Russian Ultras have announced they will unleash hell

What to expect at the World Cup

 

Authorities have warned England fans that there is a high risk of clashes with Russian gangs if they travel to the World Cup. Deputy chief constable Mark Roberts of the National Police Chiefs’ Council warned in February of violence. The behavior  of Russian fans needs to be a factor in deciding whether to go there or not,  he said. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised all England fans. If your  traveling  to Russia  prepare for hostility as a result of the increased tensions between the two countries.

 

The FCO said: “Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time.  If you’re currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks, you’re advised to remain vigilant.  Avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments.

 

Russian Ultras head to the World Cup

With just over two months to go, web football forums and social media in Russia are awash with sinister threats and images showing thugs training for the blood-thirsty battle ahead. One Russian hooligan posted OK. You want a war, then you will have it. Fighting is in our blood,  this June we will do more than just sing.One bragged they should prepare to die  while another said they’d better go to the gym and prepare themselves somehow.

A supposed plan involves luring England fans to Reutov, a small town near Moscow, where they would then be rounded on, reports Express.co.uk.

It comes as authorities warn English fans the threat of violence with ultras is extremely high.

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