MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. UK-based newspaper Daily Mail came up on Thursday with another article about allegedly merciless Russian football fans ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and as ‘proof’ attached a video footage, which defies all norms of logic and laws of mother nature.
"The footage will only add to fears ahead of the 2018 World Cup that Russia's organized hooligans present a threat to fans travelling to enjoy the tournament," the Daily Mail reported.
The video footage indeed showed two numerous groups of young people, who clashed in a violent brawl on a meadow in a Russian forest. According to the Daily Mail, this fight took place on March 18 in Moscow just hours after the Russian Football Premier League’s (RFPL) match between Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow football clubs.
This week the temperatures in the Russian capital are hovering at or below zero Centigrade and it would be redundant to say that it was also cold less than two weeks ago. The video, however, shows people fighting on a meadow with the green grass and the surrounding trees are abundant in rich green foliage, which is typical for traditionally cold Russia only for several months in the summer. The brawlers were also dressed lightly despite early spring’s shivering temperatures.
"The footage was filmed just hours after fans held up banners during the March 18 match slamming the BBC for their portrayal of Russian football supporters," the Daily Mail wrote in its article under the headline "Next stop... the World Cup: Shocking video shows Russian hooligans in organized fight held in woods after Moscow derby."
The March 18 match between Spartak and Lokomotiv (1:1) ended at about 6:30 p.m. and it usually gets dark at this time of the year in Moscow at around seven in the evening. Given the Daily Mail’s allegation that the fight took place hours after the game it certainly seems strange to see people in the video fighting in a broad daylight in a summer forest.
The British daily was right stating that during the match on March 18 Russian football fans unfurled a gigantic banner, which read "Blah Blah Channel" slamming British broadcaster BBC for its recent documentary.
BBC aired a documentary earlier in the month about Russian fans who, as it claims, look forward to taking vengeance on English fans during the 2018 World Cup for the clashes that occurred at the European Cup in Marseille in June 2016.
Furthermore, the British tabloid Daily Mirror illustrated an article last week brimming with allegations about threats to English fans from their Russian counterparts that may be in store at the 2018 World Football Cup finals with pictures taken during Shrovetide outdoor festivities in Moscow’s Izmailovo Park on February 25, 2017.
The pictures showing phony fist fights were accompanied by captions describing the cruelty of Russia’s extremist football fans.