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Russia Deploying Drones to Improve World Cup Security

Russia Deploying Drones to Improve World Cup SecurityRussia Deploying Drones to Improve World Cup Security

Video drones will be used at this year’s FIFA World Cup to curb fan violence, the deputy director of Russia’s National Guard revealed on Tuesday.

Sergei Melikov said the cameras would help identify “aggressive supporters” at the tournament. It comes as part of a number of measures aimed at detecting unruly fans during the competition, Insidethegames.biz reported.

“We are paying special attention to measures which can pre-empt, detect and combat law-breaking by aggressive fans,” Melikov told the Interfax news agency.

Video security systems will be implemented, according to Melikov, in an effort to ensure violence does not mar the World Cup.

Hooliganism has been one of the main concerns in the build-up to the tournament, due to run from June 14 to July 15.

All fans attending matches at the World Cup need to apply for a “FAN ID” following a request from the Russian authorities.

It is designed to ensure those associated with hooliganism and fan violence at football matches are unable to gain access to stadiums.

Russian fans were involved in violent clashes with England supporters in Marseille at the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France. One England fan, Andrew Bache, was left in a coma as a result of his injuries.

He was subjected to an attack with iron bars from Russian fans, who also clashed with England followers inside the Stade Vélodrome.

Russia 2018 deputy chief executive Alexander Djordjadze claimed last year, however, that fears of hooliganism were “overblown”.

 

 

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