A football fan from Eastwood has spoken out about being caught up in the fighting in Marseille last week.
Paul Revill – who travelled to Marseille to watch England play – said he had to take refuge in someone’s front yard to escape being stormed at by the Russians and told how his two pals got tear gassed by cops.
“I went to get some drinks and saw people running towards me and running away from the Russians,” said Paul.
“I hid to get myself to safety. Someone had left their gate open to their apartment so I went in. All the Russians just stormed past me,” he said.
“The police were trying to seperate the fans and they were just chucking tear gas at them all. Two of my friends got caught up in it, they were just in the way.
“It was like a battle gound. It was quite frightening.”
And once the lads got inside the stadium they witnessed more trouble.
“Russian fans were just attacking innocent England supporters. Purely anyone with an England t-shirt on.
“Luckily enough we were in a different section, but we could see it all happening behind the goal where the fans were mixed.
“It wasn’t pretty. The Russians had gum shields in. They’re not fans, they were there just to fight. They’re insane.”
The 34-year-old, who lives in Newthorpe, said there were no police inside the stadium, which he said was ‘terrible’.
As reported in last week’s Advertiser, the six local lads got tickets to see every England match in the competition.
They were due to go back to France yesterday to watch Enlgand play Wales, and Paul said he was apprehensive.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t on tenterhooks.”
But the football fanatic said he and his pals would not let the violence ruin it for them.
“It was a bit of a shock but I’m not going to let it put me off. I’m not going to let them win. We’re just going to be extra vigilent.”