Roy Larner, a Millwall fan, has also been praised by the British soccer club for 'his huge bravery in incredibly terrifying circumstances.' The club, which has a reputation for violent supporters, in a statement said it "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".
I shouted back at them.
And during the London Bridge terror attacks over the weekend, he invoked the strength of the Lions and became a hero.
Larner, from Peckham, southeast London, is now recuperating in St. Thomas's hospital intensive care unit in central London, where he recounted to British newspaper the Sun the moment the group smashed the doors of the eatery and began their horrific attack.
Recalling the events of Saturday night, he said "They had these long knives and started shouting about Allah". Then it was, "Islam, Islam, Islam".
"I took a few steps towards them and said, "F*** you, I'm Millwall".
It happened in about 45 seconds and as I've got them out they've been shot around me'.
'The three of them, I'm fighting them, and at the time I'm thinking of those families and kids who need to get out of the bar. Everyone else ran to the back.
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He said: "It was a madness time, best thing was keeping them around me".
The Peckham resident told the Sun he was knifed in the head, chest and both hands by the terrorists, now known to be Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba.
But instead of finding more victims, they encountered 47-year-old Roy Larner.
'They entered the bar, all of a sudden they start pulling out knives, one's trying to come to me with a knife, as I'm fighting him the other two have come to me then to help him. I've got slashes to the arms and the hands.
Roy Larner is said to have "charged" at the terrorists to try to help others escape but was stabbed five times during the carnage Saturday evening.
Millwall midfielder Ben Thompson, 21, hailed Roy a "hero" on Twitter and has presented him with a signed shirt bearing a message wishing him a speedy recovery. There was blood everywhere.
"The people who attacked me were not representative of Islam".