‘French fan’ who helped spark brawl with Socceroos supporters reveals he’s NOT from France and impersonated a Les Bleus diehard to get social media clout
- A World Cup viewing party in Federation Square descended into violence
- It appeared Socceroos fans were targeting a small group of French supporters
- It’s since been revealed the fans actually provoked it and weren’t French at all
- The ‘French’ supporters started the trouble for their social media channel
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The ‘French’ fan who was involved in a wild brawl at a World Cup fan event in Melbourne has outed himself as an Australian with Ukrainian heritage that just wanted to create some trouble for social media ‘cred’.
A World Cup screening party at Federation Square in Melbourne for Australia’s match against France descended into violence as Socceroos fans turned on a small group of men who appeared to be Les Bleus supporters,
Thousands were packed into Melbourne’s iconic square, and scenes were jubilant after the Socceroos scored the opening goal through Craig Goodwin.
From there, it descended very quickly as the French completely routed the Aussies to win 4-1, though they should have won by far more – such was their complete dominance after the opening goal.
French and Australian fans could be seen punching each other and throwing cans, water bottles and liquid at each other
The ‘French’ fan (left) who appeared to enjoy provoking the Australian supporters
Punches abounded, cans, bottles and water were thrown over and at the ‘French’ supporters, and their flags were ripped away.
Except, as it turns out, the main Les Bleus supporter who was in the thick of it wasn’t French at all.
He was just there to stir things up.
‘Originally we came with Australian t-shirts on top, and then as soon as France scored the winner, we came in the middle, took off the Aussie shirts, (and) chucked a (France shirt on),’ the man told Back to the Bench podcast as he pulled at the French insignia on his chest.
‘Show the true colours mate, France for the win.’
The host then asked whether we was in fact French – to which the man gave a surprising response, giving an insight into his motivation for coming to the fan event.
‘Na bro (I don’t come from French background), I’m Ukrainian,’ he said, with a thick Australian accent.
‘(The brawl was) all for content, all for YouTube bro.’
It was a move that didn’t go down well with the Socceroos fans that were also involved in the brawl.
‘F***ing wa**er’, ‘muppet’, ‘He’s not even French’ and ‘get off the X-box’ was the common consensus amongst the fans who were asked about the fake French fan’s antics.
‘French’ and Australian fans clash at Federation Square in Melbourne at the World Cup viewing party for the match on Wednesday morning
Punches were thrown, as well as bottles and cans, in the wild brawl at Melbourne’s iconic square
The fake French fan is seen with his clothes dripping wet after the brawl
In a further twist to the tale, alongside the man who provoked the Aussie fans while wearing his blue French jersey, was another man (also wearing French supporter gear) who appeared to be the same man who appears in the same social media channel.
They are part of a group of three who often post videos of misogynistic pranks in Melbourne, and appear to be devout fans of the notorious, now banned, social media influencer Andrew Tate, who has made headlines for his controversial views on women.
The two men (blue and white shirts) who appeared to be French supporters were in fact Australians who were just there to start trouble to get ‘cred’ for their social media channel
The two men were both seen in the thick of the wild brawl, but actually turned up in Australian jerseys, before ripping them off to expose French ones when it appeared the Les Bleus had won the match
Tensions soon subsided, and no arrests were made according to Victoria Police.
‘Police are yet to receive any complaints but will investigate any reports made to them in relation to the event, a Victoria Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We urge anyone who hasn’t spoken with police to come forward.
‘There is no place for violent or anti-social behaviour in the community and we support the vast majority of sporting fans celebrating this exciting time in the right spirit,’ the spokeswoman said.
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