Sunday 25 September 2016

Second English fan in coma after attack by Russian thugs in France

Published 16/06/2016 | 10:04

An man injured in clashes is assisted by police officers in downtown Marseille
An man injured in clashes is assisted by police officers in downtown Marseille

A second England fan is in a coma fighting for his life after being attacked by Russian thugs in France.

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A fundraising page has been set up for England and Leicester City fan Stewart Gray after he was bettered by a Russian mob in Marseille last Saturday.

Concerned family and friends have raised nearly £20k for the injured football fan to help with "medical bills and mortgage payments".

"SG was attacked by Russian Ultras in Marseille last Saturday. He has been in a coma since sustaining serious head injuries and remains in France," reads a statement on the fundraising page.

"He is showing the early signs of recovery but will be unable to work for a long while. Money raised will go towards medical bills, mortgage payments etc."

A crowdfunding page has also been set-up to help 51-year-old Andrew Bache, who suffered a critical brain injury when he was hit several times over the head by a Russian hooligan with what was believed to be an iron bar or hammer. Mr Bache required life-saving CP by French police, and was induced into a coma in an effort to reduce swelling on his brain.

A tear gas grenade explodes near an England fan ahead of England’s EURO 2016 match in Marseille. I could think of nothing worse than being
in France for the tournament right now
A tear gas grenade explodes near an England fan ahead of England’s EURO 2016 match in Marseille. I could think of nothing worse than being in France for the tournament right now

Over £13,000 has been raised to help Mr Bache’s treatment, with the Portsmouth local – affectionately known as the “Pepe of Pompey” – remaining in hospital in the south of France.

His friend, Jay Ricketts, set-up the page, and has said that Mr Bache was the victim of an “unprovoked attack” and had his life saved by French police.

"It’s been difficult as none of his family are out there, it’s difficult to get information,” Mr Ricketts was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

"His brother and son are on their way now.

Rival supporters clash at the old port of Marseille before the game
Rival supporters clash at the old port of Marseille before the game

"As far as we know he’s been put in an induced coma to help the swelling in his brain to go down.

"There’s no real update on his condition as such time as they bring him out of that.

"His life was saved by the French police who gave him CPR.

"This was a completely unprovoked attack by the Russians. He sustained severe head injuries."

An England fan hurls a chair ahead of England's EURO 2016 match in Marseille, France, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
An England fan hurls a chair ahead of England's EURO 2016 match in Marseille, France, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

He added: "He’s a long-time Pompey and England fan, gone out to watch the match."

Mr Bache was part of a group of six who were hoping to follow England throughout Euro 2016, but he was one of the fans who was unable to escape a large gang of Russians who arrived in Marseille equipped with gum shields and mixed martial arts gloves with the intention to insight violent clashes.

A second friend of Mr Bache, who did not wish to be named, said: He got caught up in it. He got smashed over the head with a hammer or iron bar four or five times.

"We’re trying to get money up together to help with his mortgage. He was there with a group of friends.

"The Russians came into the square. It’s quite sickening. Most people got away but he got caught up in it."

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