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A fake French fan sparked a brawl with Socceroos supporters at the FIFA World Cup 2022 fan event in Qatar

The “French” fan who got into a wild brawl at a World Cup fans’ event in Melbourne has come out as an Australian of Ukrainian descent who only wanted to stir up trouble for social media’s “credibility”.

A World Cup screening party in Melbourne’s Federation Square for Australia’s game against France erupted when Socceroos fans turned on a small group of men who appeared to be Les Bleus supporters.

Thousands packed Melbourne’s legendary pitch and the scenes were jubilant after the Socceroos scored the opening goal through Craig Goodwin.

It went downhill very quickly from there as the French beat Australia 4-1, although they should have won far more – such was their dominance after the opener.

Beatings abounded, cans, bottles and water being thrown over and onto the ‘French’ supporters and their flags being torn away.

Except that, as it turned out, the main supporter of Les Bleus, who was in the thick of things, wasn’t French at all.

He was only there to stir things up.

“Originally we came with Australian shirts on top and as soon as France scored the winner, we came in the middle, took off the Australian shirts and (and) threw in (France jersey)” the man told Back zum Bench podcast as he tugged at the French insignia on his chest.

“Show the true colors, mate, France for the win.”

The host then asked if we were actually French – to which the man gave a surprising answer and gave some insight into his motivation for coming to the fan event.

“Na bro (I don’t have a French background), I’m Ukrainian,” he said in a heavy Australian accent.

“(The brawl was) all for the content, all for YouTube bro.”

It was a move that didn’t sit well with the Socceroos fans, who were also involved in the brawl.

‘F***ing wa**er’, ‘Muppet’, ‘He’s not even French’ and ‘Off the X-Box’ was the common consensus among fans when asked about the antics of the fake French fan.

In another twist of the story, alongside the man provoking the Australian fans while wearing his blue French jersey, there was another man (also in French fan gear) who appeared to be the same man posted on the same social media channel occurs.

They are part of a group of three who often post videos of misogynistic pranks in Melbourne and appear to be avid fans of the notorious, now-banned, social media influencer Andrew Tate, who has made headlines with his controversial views on women.

Tensions soon subsided and no arrests were made, according to Victoria Police.

“Police have not yet received any complaints but will investigate any reports made to them in relation to the event, a Victoria Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

“We are asking anyone who has not yet spoken to the police to come forward.

“There is no place in the community for violent or anti-social behavior and we support the vast majority of sports fans in celebrating this exciting time in the right spirit,” the spokeswoman said.

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