VIDEO: Russian hooligans rip down Peterborough United flag in Marseille before posing with it on social media
This is the moment Russian football hooligans stormed an area where England football fans were sitting and ripped down a Peterborough United England flag.
The flag has now appeared in gloating photographs on Russian social media and people are even bidding on blood soaked England flags on a Russian online auction website.
The huge security operation surrounding England’s next Euro 2016 football match has been bolstered amid fears of a fresh wave of violence.
Extra British police will be deployed to France ahead of the next round of Group B matches and authorities in both England and Russia have appealed for supporters to behave.
Uefa have handed Russia a suspended disqualification from the tournament following the crowd disturbances at the game against the Three Lions in Marseille on Saturday, while the Football Association were previously warned that further disorder could lead to the England team also being kicked out.
It comes as the first fan to appear in a UK court over the trouble in France was handed a five-year football banning order, after a police “spotter” in the UK saw video of the man “throwing a chair”.
Concerns have been raised about the security of fans as England prepare to take on Wales in Lens on Thursday and Russia play Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday, with the northern French cities just 23 miles apart.
A group of 150 Russian hooligans, known as ultras, who were involved in the Marseille trouble and were described by French authorities as “hyper violent” and “hyper rapid” are also feared to be still at large.
Answering an urgent question in the Commons on Tuesday, Theresa May said British police officers known as “spotters” who are trained to identify troublemakers have been sent to France and British officers trained in public order will also be deployed.
The Home Secretary told the chamber: “And in fact whatever the French have asked for then we are willing to provide to them, and as I said, that goes both for police and British Transport Police.”
She said that for “operational reasons” she would not reveal how many officers are being sent across the Channel.
Mrs May said the violence involving England supporters was “deeply disturbing” and blamed Russian fans for instigating much of the worst of it.
Some 50,000 supporters of both England and Wales are due to descend on Lens, while many fans are also expected to be staying in Lille.
Mrs May said the Foreign Office is advising England fans without tickets not to travel to Lens and Lille and said England and Welsh supporters “should be on their guard” when Russia play Slovakia on Wednesday afternoon.
Fabienne Buccio, prefect of the Pas-de-Calais region, said Lens will be “in lockdown by the police”.
She added: “We will have a strong police presence with more than 1,200 police officers present in Lens and you can add 1,200 more with the private security that will be mobilised that day.
“We have strengthened the safety systems on the inside of the stadium. They will be present in the stands ready in order to intervene quickly in the stadium if there are clashes between supporters.”
Six British fans were jailed for between one and three months on Monday for their part in the Marseille violence, while on Tuesday 24-year-old Birmingham City supporter Daniel Warlow was banned from attending matches for five years for his part in the disorder on Friday, June 10.
Earlier, FA chairman Greg Dyke said he has “serious concerns” about the security of fans, while Russia manager Leonid Slutsky asked his nation’s supporters to display “correct behaviour”.
There has already been talk on social media of some England fans seeking revenge on their Russian counterparts, with one user on Twitter suggesting the “English cavalry is comin”, and looking for a “tear up” in Lens on Wednesday.
Another tweet said: “You don’t press on the English without expecting some fight back. We can take the fight to their level” after boasting of a fight with four Russians while travelling through France following Saturday’s game.
Meanwhile, a group of Russia supporters simply posted “R.I.P english hooliganism”.