Football fans fear concentration camps at 2018 World Cup
Fans of the Russian football clubs Zenit, CSKA and Spartak issued a joint appeal in which they expressed concerns about their prospects if a law on fans was adopted in Russia. “As people with an active civic stance, we cannot help but react to what is happening. We can’t silently expect the adoption of a law designed to kill the resurgent movement of football fans, of which we are fans,” the appeal says, in particular, the text of which is published on the site Landscrona.ru.
Fans expressed their belief that the problem of violence in stadiums is currently minimal, and it’s also the fault of the organizers of football matches. And the use of profanity is not a problem of fans, but of society, fans say.
“On federal TV channels, a fashion has appeared to freely swear, while fans want to make fans the most cultured people,” the authors of the appeal noted.
Fans of clubs drew attention to the fact that it is impossible to introduce harsh measures for misconduct in football, “when people are not punished for more serious things in our country.” “We need to work and create appropriate conditions, and not try to solve the issue of our incompetence by adopting repressive laws. In 2018, our country will host the World Cup.
Will visiting fans be driven to concentration camps? Or will the authorities begin a dialogue and learn to organize a small football holiday? “, The statement said.
The initiative to create a law on fans arose after a series of riots in the matches of the Russian championship – in particular, during the meeting of “Wings of the Soviets” – “Spartak” in Samara. Due to an incident in the guest fans sector, the match had to be suspended. The stadium itself, due to the actions of fans, received damage in the amount of more than half a million rubles. On several fans of “Spartacus” criminal proceedings have been instituted.
A protest rally against the creation of a law on fans, which provides for criminal and administrative punishment of fans for their tricks, was held during the Russia-Armenia match. Then, at the beginning of the second half, groups of fans left their sectors.