Shocking footage has emerged of Russian hooligans taking part in an organised fight in the woods.
Hooligans gathered on a field following the Moscow derby between Lokomotiv and Spartak for a gigantic brawl.
And the footage will only add to fears ahead of the 2018 World Cup that Russia’s organised hooligans present a threat to supporters travelling to enjoy the tournament.
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The brawl begins with a solitary fan running across the field and planting a karate kick
It then descended into a mass brawl between both groups of hooligans in the field
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.
A documentary dubbed ‘Russia’s Hooligan Army’ was broadcast on the channel to highlight the potential ‘festival of violence’ that could be awaiting fans journeying to Russia.
The YouTube video shows two distinct sides meeting at either end of a field in Moscow.
A solitary figure in black dashes across before aiming a flying karate kick at someone from the other side, kicking off the clashes between the two sides.
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The heavily organised nature of the brawl meant many of the hooligans wore gum shields
One hooligan could be seen dashing across the field before a flying attack on a downed foe
One hooligan could be seen dragging another around the field during the fight
The organised nature of the fight is obvious from the fact that many of those in attendance – who seem young – are wearing boxing gloves and gum shields.
There are also older figures walking around directing those involved in the brawl, telling them to target downed people from the other side.
An unidentified fan in the BBC’s documentary said Russian hooligans would target English fans: ‘Our opponents are naturally the English because they are the forefathers of hooliganism and naturally they are always awaited.
A number of older hooligans could be seen directing the younger ones during the fight
Eventually one of the two groups managed to chase the other into the woods after the fight
‘If you are there you should calculate getting your arse kicked.
‘There is no need to travel to have fun. There is a stretch of forest next to the stadium. It’s adjacent to the stadium so people can hide in the forest, go for a swim and arrange ambushes.
‘They can basically do anything they like to do. For some it will be a festival of football — for others it will be a festival of violence.’
Spartak Moscow’s fans have hit back at the BBC over a documentary on Russian hooliganism
Spartak fans displayed a huge banner calling them the ‘Blah Blah Channel’ this month
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Lokomotiv Moscow’s fans set off flares as one supporter wears a black balaclava in the stands