Slovakia Ultras Vow Violence Before And After Match With England Tonight
England fans in St Etienne for tonight's final group game of Euro 2016 have been warned by Slovakian hooligans that they're there to 'finish them'.
Yobs from Slovakia are reportedly making their way to the French city in order to take over from where the Russian Ultras left off and attack England fans on the streets before and after tonight's match.
One idiot fan posted on a fan site: "The big game is England. It could be our last. We will finish them."
Another said: "Our maddest and baddest will be there. England better watch out."
The threats come off the back of a football tournament dogged by fan trouble and heavy-handed police tactics.
There has been trouble between English and Slovakian fans in the past, with violent clashes occurring back in 2002 in Bratislava. However, with any luck we'll have more scenes like the one below to report on in the coming days.
Slovakia has had extreme trouble with its hooligans in recent history, with firms like the Trenchtown Gangsters, the Terror Boys, Rebels VSS and the Red Upland Warriors all carrying knives, knuckle-dusters and even firearms, according to the Daily Star.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: "The UK is one of a few countries that have legislative powers to stop those subject to football banning orders from travelling to games overseas."
Despite the quite obvious threats, local police aren't going to be making special arrangements for the arrival of English and Slovakian fans.
Karine Lanaud, from the Loire prefecture, in charge of security for the region, said: "Our security measures will remain the same and we'll play it by ear."
I'm no expert but judging by the way things have gone so far in the tournament, they might not want to be 'playing it by ear'. But hey, that's just one man's opinion.
With Prince William set to attend the match, UEFA has confirmed special arrangements have been made inside the stadium to ensure maximum security.
Let's just hope and pray nothing happens tonight and people can simply enjoy the football. And if you are there tonight, stay safe.
Words by George Pavlou