PARIS – Two Russians were sentenced on Monday for having permanently invalidated a British football fan in the south of France during the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
Pavel Kosov, a Spartak Moscow fan, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Mikhail Ivkin was sentenced to three years. They had been tried in the port city of Marseille, in the south of France, accused of “armed gang violence, leading to permanent disability”. They had been imprisoned in France since March 2018.
The couple attacked Andrew Bache, 55, during the European Football Championships in June 2016. His son Harry represented him in court and confronted his father’s alleged assailants. Andrew’s lawyer Olivier Rosato said the attack left his client severely disabled and he could no longer bear to return to Marseille.
Witnesses to the incident said they saw Bache get caught by hooligans and receive three or four heavy blows to the head, including while on the ground.
Riots in the Old Port district of Marseille lasted for several days, both before and after a game between England and Russia.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons at rival supporters who were rioting around the city, a largely unsuccessful attempt to contain the violence which authorities said left several injured. Some fans walked through town shirtless and with blood dripping from head injuries.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said at the time that “once again, as in the last 30 years, an international football competition has been the scene of clashes between violent people. claiming to support their national team ”.