Local Organising Committee Russia 2018 Chairman, president of the Russian Football Union (RFS) Vitaly Mutko held the first meeting of the Football Fans Council.
The meeting was attended by the President of the Russian Premier League Sergey Pryadkin, CEO of RFS Aleksandr Alaev, head of the security and football fans relations committee Vladimir Markin, the associations of fans, RFS clubs and football leagues representatives. According to the RFS media service, during the event following topics were discussed: preparation for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, as well as issues of security and interaction with the fans.
The new body includes representatives of more than 20 registered associations of fans from all over Russia. Coordinating fan activities, organization of the Russian national team support, organization of interaction with law enforcement, prevention and minimization of conflict situations between fans are the main tasks of the Council.
"We needed an institution under the RFS, which would bring together football league representatives, fan movements, clubs supporters, etc.," the RFS media service relays Mutko's words. "At the Fans Council we can discuss all the problems associated with football, football organization and support of the national team issues. Today we established that football does not make any sense without the fans, that we are all together responsible for this wonderful sport. We've heard a lot of good ideas and thoughts. Now we summarize all of them and then we'll start to implement what we've discussed. On the eve of the Confederations Cup and World Cup fans support is very important for us."