Football fans from Chesterfield caught up in Euro 2016 violence

Thousands of England fans have travelled to France for Euro 2016.
Thousands of England fans have travelled to France for Euro 2016.

Football supporters from Chesterfield have described the moment they were ambushed by “well organised” hooligans in France.

Troubled flared in the Old Port district in Marseille before and after England’s match against Russia in the European Championships on Saturday.

A group of 150 “well organised” Russian hooligans, who were said to be wearing gum shields and carrying weapons, have since been blamed.

Adam Gill, 25, of Milton Crescent, Birdholme, Chesterfield, who was at the Queen Victoria pub with friends in the Old Port district, said: “People were fighting against each other and getting kicked in the head.

“They were throwing bottles and there was blood everywhere.

“We were in the pub singing having a nice time and there was no trouble.

“All of a sudden there was a load of Russian and Marseille hooligans and it became a battle.”

The Russian “ultras” charged towards England fans in the Stade Vélodrome stadium when Russia scored an injury-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

Arran Finney, 20, of Marsden Street, Chesterfield, said: “Before the game in the Old Port there was a massive blast and we initially thought it was a bomb.

“Me and my friend were relatively close to the trouble to in the stadium. The first thought in my mind was to get out of the ground as soon as possible.

“A flare was set up and it was almost like that was a signal for the Russians to charge.”