Leaders of the ‘Ultra’ gangs gloated “if the circumstances are right someone could get killed,” in an interview.
Alexey Mavryn, an architecture graduate, leads the Uralmash Steel Monsters who are planning further violence after the “Battle of Marseille” during Euro 2016.
The most sensible thing the English did was run
Mavryn said: “The Marseille trip was the pinnacle of my career, so far, as a hooligan.
“We were very powerful against the English and won the battle. The most sensible thing the English did was run.
“An England fan almost died in Marseille. It could be worse next summer. If the circumstances are right someone could get killed.”
The leader of Zenit St Petersburg’s Landscrona mob, said: “You think it was bad in France – wait until Russia. This is our home fixture.”
In a worrying trend about wider Russian society they issued a warning to black and gay fans who were thinking of visiting the country for the World Cup.
Mavryn said: “It is not usual here. Many Russian people are uneducated about these sort of things. Any gay and black England fans must be careful when they visit here next year – there is no doubt about that.
He boasted, to the Mirror newspaper, about stealing an England flag and putting it on show in his local bar before it got removed by “the Federal Security Service, the modern KGB”.
The thug added: “In Marseille the Russian firms all came together. We caught the hooliganism ‘disease’ from you, the English, but it has evolved. We are fit, we are strong – one Russian can take on 12 or 13 Englishmen.
“In the 80s and 90s Russians were like the English – drunk before battles – but not any more. If someone in our firm is drunk they are left behind.
“If England come here it would great for the fighting but I don’t want my home city destroyed. They drink too much and leave the place in a real mess.”
The gang is not confined to the uneducated, as the hooligan leader was only too happy to point out.
He said: “Many have very good jobs. We have a policeman, and a lawyer for example.
“20 years ago Russia v England would have been a fair fight – 50-50. Not any more.”