A football fan caught up in the London Bridge attack has revealed how he shouted “F*** you, I’m Millwall” as he fought three knife-wielding terrorists.
Roy Larner, 46, who was in the Black and Blue restaurant in Borough Market on Saturday evening, was stabbed eight times by the terrorists after attempting to stop them.
The Millwall supporter, from Peckham, has now been dubbed the ‘Lion of London Bridge’ after his heroics.
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He told The Sun from his hospital bed: “They had these long knives and started shouting about Allah. Then it was, ‘Islam, Islam, Islam.”
“Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, ‘I need to take the p*** out of these b******s’.”
“I took a few steps towards them and said, ‘F*** you, I’m Millwall’. So they started attacking me.”
Mr Larner added: “I was on my own against all three of them, that’s why I got hurt so much.
“It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on. I was swinging.
“I got stabbed and sliced eight times. They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere.”
Miraculously, Mr Larner survived the attack but was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in a critical condition before undergoing surgery for knife wounds.
Millwall and their fans have long been associated with a siege-mentality, hence the chant “No one likes us, we don’t care”, which originated in the 1970s.
The club has often been associated with football hooliganism, particularly in sections of the press, although many fans argue this is unfair, given nearly all clubs have this element of support.
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Several other stories of heroism have emerged since the London Bridge attacks, including that of journalist Geoff Ho who was left in intensive care after deciding to “face the attackers down”.
In a vivid account released on Tuesday, he told how he stood up to Khuram Shazad Butt, Youssef Zaghba and Rachid Redouane.
“Most of my friends and the staff hid under tables but my one of my friends was frozen behind me. I knew I had to face the attackers down, they were armed and I had the best chance of delaying them until the police arrived or they’d get everyone,” he said.
“I had to shield my friends and the people there. Then I noticed they had what looked like suicide vests on. I tried to slow them, they attacked. It happened so quickly,” he said.
“The people who attacked me were not representative of Islam. I stand in solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters,” he added.