Two Russian ultras jailed for leaving England fan paralysed in Euro 2016 attack

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Two football thugs who attacked an England fan when violence broke out at the Euro 2016 tournament in France, have been jailed.

Andrew Bache, from Portsmouth, was beaten into a coma and left disabled following the attack in Marseille, his lawyer said.

Pavel Kossov, 34, was jailed for 10 years and Mikhail Ivkine, 34, for three years by the court in Aix-en-Provence.

Hours of street fights broke out at Marseille’s old port following the England v Russia match on June 11, 2016.

The accused pair were among a group of Russian hooligans who “mounted an urban guerrilla offensive, like paramilitaries”, the trial was told.

Video footage played in court showed 55-year-old Mr Bache being punched and kicked as he lay on the ground.

The court heard the 15 second attack changed his life forever.

Ivkine threw a metal chair at the England fan before Kossov knocked him down with a punch to the back of the head, the court heard.

Kossov then kicked him while a third unidentified attacker punched him as he lay vulnerable, the trial was told.

A medical expert, Michel Blanc, told the court it was a “wonder how [Mr Bache] is still alive”.

However, he said the initial punch from Kossov could not fully explain the victim’s “irreversible disorders”.

Kossov told the court he jabbed at Mr Bache’s head with “a hand not a fist” while Ivkine said he was acting in self-defence.

Psychologists found that Mr Kossov lacked empathy and “a grip of reality” while Ivkine was “neurotic”, the court was told.

The men were arrested in Germany in February 2018 while they were on their way to a Spartak Moscow match in Spain.

Mr Bache’s lawyer said his client was too ill to give evidence at the hearing, which was attended by his son Harry.

The England fan was given CPR by French police for three minutes, as they battled to save his life, the court had previously heard.

Patrice Martin, the hero officer who saved Andrew’s life, told the trial: ”I gave him CPR when he was on the ground. I felt his pulse stop and there was blood, a lot of blood.”

He described the charge by Russian hooligans into the England fans as a ”tsunami”.

”The Russians had mouthguards in the colours of their country and knuckle dusters.

”There were clashes on all sides. It was a furious fight.”