"We are at the top of Olympus now and that should have been done," said the Muscovite hooligan who played a leading role in Euro 2016. "We went to the English to oust them from their throne," he concludes. "When we are good, no one will remember us. "When we are bad, everyone remembers us", is a typical attack. A British supporter who had fought in Iraq says the experience of fighting them was more frightening than in the war. Organized, sober, with many hours in the gym and regular training, are the hallmarks of them, according to Geoff Pearson, a researcher at the University of Manchester.
The spy thriller that started between England and Russia has a natural impact on the World. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has warned Britons living or visiting Russia that they may experience "anti-British sentiment or harassment" over the poisoning case of Sergei Skripal. That warning heightened existing fears about the World Cup, with Teresa May temporarily throwing the World Cup boycott on the table.
However, Vladimir Putin by no means wants his country's sacrifices for an impressive World Cup to be overshadowed by serious incidents. In a very difficult period for the Russian economy, the "Tsar" managed to find resources for the top World Cup! He knows very well that the West will have its eyes on Russia, which is why he is determined to dispel any hope of the hooligans for incidents. The Russian authorities are destroying the culture of the "brainless". Teams that wreaked havoc two years ago are under surveillance and prison threats have come to mind!
The leaders of the hooligans of every club in Russia face severe penalties if they are arrested for incidents during the World Cup. Even if they are not directly involved, they know that the consequences will be bad. "We are like hostages," admits a Russian fan.
Violence in the streets of Marseilles and in the stadiums of Euro was welcomed in Russia with…. jokes, while some officials praised the hooligans for their "achievements". In fact, Putin called the fighting "sad" and then questioned "how 200 Russian supporters could hit several thousand British." Of course, in these two years the smiles froze when they saw that the phenomenon of hooliganism in the country is getting bigger and the "training camps" are increasing.
The Russian hooligans saw the World Cup as a great opportunity for "war", but on the chessboard with the President of their country they lose. Alexander Springin είχε had a decisive role in what nightmares happened in France and when he returned to his homeland he got the "message". Springin was arrested in a restroom a few months later and has since stopped all activities, as has his team. As he revealed, "Russia's Federal Security Service had a precautionary conversation with us."
Russia did not stop at the precautionary talks, it proceeded with another matte move. World Cup tickets are. Useless without being accompanied by the Fan ID (certification by the Russian authorities with the holder's details). The candidates are being monitored by Russian security services, who have denied several thousand Russian fans the right to watch the games in the World Cup and the Confederations Cup.
In particular, the authorities use a "large database" to exclude troublemakers from the stadiums and the result is impressive.
"We have done everything to ensure that guests, athletes, experts and, of course, fans will feel at home in Russia. We have opened our country and our hearts to the world.
Welcome to the World Cup. Welcome to Russia "was Putin's message, which leaves nothing to chance.