- Security expert warn Australian football hooligans to be on their best behaviour
- The 2018 Russian World Cup‘s security is being described as ‘off the scale’
- People charged with being disorderly could face 15 years in a Russian prison
Football fans travelling to the FIFA World Cup could face jail time if they are not on their best behaviour, a security expert has warned.
Security has been described as ‘off the scale’, with thousands of police are expected to be on site, backed by the Russian army.
A security expert has warned Australian football hooligans travelling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to be on their best behaviour (pictured are Australian fans celebrate their win over Korea Republic in the Final of the Asian Cup in 2015)
Gold Commander Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts described security around World Cup events in Russia as ‘off the scale’ (pictured is Saint-Petersburg Stadium ahead of the tournament)
‘A very large presence of police with shields [at games] is the norm in Russia … and parts of eastern Europe, fans need to be prepared for that and to be respectful,’ Mr Roberts.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15.
Ticket scalpers who are caught could face fines of $37,000 dollars, any conduct deemed disorderly could result in 15 days in a Russian prison and mass disorderly conduct such as participating in riots could bring a 15 year sentence.
Mr Roberts said any disparaging comments about Russia, its past or its military would be ‘viewed dimly’ and he cautions visitors against saying anything untoward about the host nation.
Ticket scalpers who are caught could face fines of $37,000 dollars (Pictured are fans being searched at the opening gates)
He also said media outlets needed to report on the World Cup ‘responsibly’ and not to sensationalise stories of security.
‘Authorities want a good World Cup that showcases Russia and gives it some good publicity,’ he said.
‘Scare stories [such as clashes between fans] on their own are not helpful, but they really do also start to effect the psyche of the local law enforcement.’
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.