Igor Lebedev, a Russian Liberal Democratic Party Member, urged Russian hooligans who started the riots in Marseille before and after the match between Russia and England to continue their skirmish.
Mr Lebedev, an MP in the executive committee of the Russian Football Union, said the fans acted like “real men.” He also said that Vitaly Mutko, the Russian Sports Minister, would also be glad to join because it was “England fans who started the riots.”
He said in a tweet that he didn’t see anything wrong with the fans fighting. He said it was “quite the opposite, well done lads, keep it up.”
According to Marseille Persecutor Brice Robin, the Russian hooligans were hyper-violent and quite prepared to cause altercations before and after the match.
Mr Lebedev said:
“I don’t understand those politicians and officials who are criticising our fans. We should defend them, and then we can sort it out when they come home,” Mr Lebedev wrote in a series of tweets.
In Russian Media, the MP talked about the incident and said:
“In nine out of 10 cases, football fans go to games to fight, and that’s normal,’ he said. ‘The lads defended the honour of their country and did not let English fans desecrate our motherland. We should forgive and understand our fans.”