They have been hard at work planning the best way to cause chaos in Russia, Daily Star Online has discovered.We spoke to a 57-year-old Middlesbrough fan from the Smoggies Elite involved in organising the “Great Britain contingent” travelling to the World Cup.
He explained the Russians had written them off after ambushing fans at Euro 2016, but claimed “they won’t know what’s hit them” this time.
Choosing to remain anonymous, the ‘Boro fan said: ”We’ve been keeping tabs on them for a while, and honestly, if these gangs of thugs are all they’ve got, this is going to be a f****** walk-over.”
The buzzing fighter is a self-proclaimed “warrior” of the “old hardcore” who he claims are uniting ahead of the World Cup after several London meet-ups.
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He explained leaders from Millwall, West Ham, Rangers and several firms from north east England are coming together to form an experienced ambushing unit.“When you’ve got the Scots talking in London pubs to Millwall’s old hardcore, you know it’s on,” he said.
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“Most of us will arrive around two weeks before the tournament starts. Sending everyone over just before kick-off would be stupid. We’re heavily filtering ourselves.
“We’ve got to be careful because we’ve got a lot of people. We can’t just bombard the borders or you’ll have guards saying ‘hang on a minute, this lot look shifty’.”
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He also explained the firms would be leaving their footie tops behind in a bit to go under the radar.“We’re not going to go dressed in England shirts, hats or shorts,” he said.
“We’ll be fully casual to blend in like tourists on holiday.”
Lads from England were sent over in advance to investigate several Russian towns, gather information on the layout of the streets and report back.
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Shockingly, the brawler revealed the “hooligan element” has contacts working undercover in specific towns and information is continually being fed to them.He said: “I can’t even stress enough to you how well-planned this is. We’ve had lads working out there for a while.
The threat of confrontation with ultras is extremely high.
The fan added: “We know the danger areas, we’ve already cased out all the routes and we know everything we need to.”
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“Last time the Russians went mostly for families. This time they’ve got a bunch of experienced, hard b******* to deal with.”