State Duma discusses 2018 World Cup security

The lower house of parliament ratified the Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events
12 July

Russia is making everything possible to ensure that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches are held in a safe and peaceful atmosphere. This was stated on Wednesday by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation Valery Gazzaev, commenting on the ratification by the lower house of the Parliament of the Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events.

"We are very serious about the safety of all participants in sports events and we are working hard to ensure that football matches are held in a calm environment. In our turn, we expect the closest cooperation in this matter with all participant countries of the World Cup, where the spectators and football fans will come from," said Gazzaev, speaking at the plenary session of the Chamber.

Gazzaev was supported by Dmitry Svischev, a member of the Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs. "Ratification of the convention is especially important in the light of the forthcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia: the adoption of the document will allow to stop even simple attempts and plans to arrange riots at the stadiums," Svischev said.

In his opinion, ratification of the document will show that security issues at sporting events  in Russia are paramount. "To implement the provisions of this convention, a number of federal laws have already been adopted in Russia, the main subordinate regulatory legal acts have been prepared.The legislative base of our country is ready to ensure that the integrated approach to ensuring security at sports facilities laid down in the convention is fully operational," Svischev said.

About the Convention

The document was signed on behalf of the Russian Federation on July 3, 2016 in the quarterfinal match of the European Football Championship between the national teams of France and Iceland at the Stade de France stadium in France.

The Convention, according to accompanying documents, states that "where appropriate, and in accordance with national and international law, the [participants] shall consider empowering the judicial or administrative authorities responsible to impose sanctions on individuals who have caused or contributed to incidents of football-related violence and/or disorder, with the possibility of imposing restrictions on travel to football events held in another country."

The Convention was signed by 26 states, but only two countries - France and Monaco - have ratified it. According to Natalia Parshikova, Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, if Russia ratifies the document in the near future, it can become one of the three countries "who will have the pre-emptive right to form the CE Committee on Safety and Protection at Sporting Events."