The “Lion of London Bridge” showed just how serious England soccer fans take their teams.
Roy Larner reportedly yelled “F— you, I’m Millwall,” before confronting the three knife-wielding London attackers with nothing but his clenched fists, according to The Independent.
The 47-year-old soccer fan has been hailed a hero by many because his brave act allowed others to escape the Black and Blue steakhouse Saturday night.
In an interview with The Sun, Larner said he acted when the three attackers came into the restaurant yelling “Islam, Islam” and “This is for Allah.”
“Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, ‘I need to take the p–s out of these b—-es,” Larner told The Sun.
The soccer fan said this was when he yelled “F— you, I’m Millwall” which caused them to attack him.
“I stood in front of them trying to fight them off. Everyone else ran to the back. I was on my own against all three of them, that’s why I got hurt so much,” Larner said. “It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on. I was swinging.”
Larner told The Sun he was stabbed eight times by the men, suffering wounds to his head, chest and both hands which left blood everywhere.
“It was the worst thing I could have done as they carried on attacking me,” he said. “Luckily, none of the blows were straight at me or I’d be dead.”
Eventually the attackers ran out of the pub.
The Millwall fan said he “didn’t think” of his safety at the time and didn’t know how bad he was banged up until he was in a police car. Larner said he had drank about four or five pints that day.
People on social media have started calling Larner “The Lion of London Bridge,” after the nickname of the Millwall Football Club, the Lions.
The team released a statement to The Independent praising Larner for his actions.
“Millwall Football Club wishes to commend Roy Larner for his immense bravery in incredibly terrifying circumstances, and indeed all other members of the public whose actions helped to save others,” the club spokesman said.
“That praise is extended to our remarkable emergency services, who proved yet again what an asset they are in protecting the public against these heinous acts. Millwall stands together with all other football clubs and organizations in offering its absolute support to those in need following the tragic events of last Saturday night.”
Larner was taken to St. Thomas’s Hospital in critical condition. He had to have surgery for his head, finger and chest injuries.
Eight people were killed and 50 were wounded in the London Bridge van-and-stabbing attack in London Saturday.