There was me being high and mighty thinking “I don’t really care about football anymore,” yet now, rather unfairly to the actual Russian team, my head is screaming “F*CK YOU RUSSIA!!!”
Now, 90 minutes in, Russian fans set off flares and fireworks, not all of them mind you as the media seem to suggest, causing smoke and scary ‘terroristish’ explosion noises. Minutes later, England looked panicked and have lost all the organisation and coordination they’ve held for the entire game. I hear sabotage… Followed by seriously endangering children via raiding the stalls and attacking fans, bringing yet more violence to a country that’s already suffered enough of it. Outside the stadium, both factions of supporters have been just as atrocious as each other. On the other hand, inside the stadium,
Onto the consequences. Outside the stadium, both factions of supporters have been just as atrocious as each other and have caused much violence and havoc. On the other hand, inside the stadium, footage shows a specific group of Russian supporters invading the English stalls. As far as UEFA is concerned about that incident, the England fans did not provoke the situation and should have not been included in that threat of team withdrawal. Arguably, maybe the Russian fans as a whole shouldn’t have either. True, some of the Russians followed the example of the leading group. But it was a specific group of Russians in black bandanas that orchestrated and provoked the in-stadium chaos and they are the ones who are, ultimately, guilty of causing the incident. Outside that incident, that’s the local authorities’ decision, not UEFA’s.
An unfair game, but clearly those who sabotaged it still couldn’t see it was just a game.
…Still, I’m quarter Welsh so 25% of me can celebrate.