Russian ultras ‘hunted England fan like sport’ and battered him with metal bar

An England football fan was paralysed on the floor by two Russian ultras who hunted him "like sport", a court was told.

Tesco delivery driver Andrew Bache, 55, was left with massive skull injures after he was battered with an iron bar in Marseille, France.

He now lives a life 'between Parkinson's and Alzheimer's as he struggles with memory loss.

The Three Lions fan had been supporting the national team at the Euros in 2016 when he was targeted by Russians who hunted him down “like urban guerrillas”, The Sun reported.

Mikhail Ivkine, 34, and Pavel Kosov, 33, face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of the assault amid clashes before England took on Russia in June 2016.

Andrew’s horrific injuries mean that he was unable to travel to see the trial, which began at Aix en Provence in France earlier this week.

His son Harry did make his way to the continent and listened in court as the attack was replayed in video footage.

The family's lawyer Olivier Rosato told the trial: "Mr Bache is so physically and psychologically affected that he is not able to express himself, even in videoconference.

"As a result of what happened, my client now lives a life between Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, suffering from serious memory problems and confined to his wheelchair."

Portsmouth fan Andrew was left in a coma after receiving at least three crushing blows to the head with an iron bar.

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Photographs taken of the violent scenes show him covered in blood as he lay on the concrete.

The attacks were so brutal that his heart stopped as he lay injured, The Sun reported, with a French policeman heroically stepping in to give him a cardiac massage and save his life.

Mr Rosato said: “All day long the Russian hooligans led a real urban guerrilla warfare, like paramilitaries. For them, it was like a combat sport."

Mountain guide Kosov punched and kicked the victim, and sports teacher Ivkin struck him with a metal chair, the court was told.

The two defendants, both from Moscow, do not contest hitting the victim, but have denied being responsible for the extent of his injuries.

Lawyers for the two men claim they acted in self defence having been provoked by English supporters.

The pair have been held in custody since February 2018 after being tracked on social media by a joint French and British investigation.

The trial continues.

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