Those looking to attend a World Cup match in Russia in 2018 will have to bring proper identification. The host nation will be issuing identification cards that will be required to enter a stadium for a World Cup match in an attempt to crack down on the shenanigans going on in the stands. You can blame Russia’s very own fans for that one.
Russia was fined and suspended by UEFA after Russian fans broke out in violence during last summer’s Euro 2016 tournament. With Russia preparing to host soccer’s largest and most notable international soccer tournament in 2018, the pressure was on to make sure nothing like this will happen again on their home soil.
So the nation opted to require identification cards in a move that will, in theory, deter others from acting out in violence as it would become easier to identify those engaging in violent activity. The identification card measure will also be in order for the Confederations Cup this summer, which will serve as a good practice run for the World Cup next year.
“What we can be sure of is that this will be a festival of football and there is no place in such festivals of football for those that are not here to support the sport or support the game,” said Colin Smith, director of competitions for FIFA.
Fans are going to act up, but it is the responsibility of the host nation to provide for the safety and enjoyment of all attending its event. I’m sure we can all trust Russia to handle this one well, right?