A bus carrying Zenit St Petersburg fans to an away game at Spartak Moscow was on Sunday morning attacked by a group of men identified as supporters of the capital club.
After forcing the bus to stop men threw rocks at it and then beat up its passengers using baseball bats.
This Spartak fan said: “I can say only one thing, it has been cooked up by the press. How do they know it was Spartak fans that did this? Why do they always say these things about us? What have we done to them?
Police have arrested six men, reported to be Spartak fans, and a criminal case has been launched.
“Those who were beaten in the bus were our brothers. If you are sportsmen my dear Muscovites, then behave like it, without all this violence,” said one Zenit supporter.
This latest bout of football-related violence will no doubt draw unwanted attention to a country who in 7 years time will host the World Cup.