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?
Russian Ultras have been preparing in secluded wooded areas
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.