Russia steps up security as Confederations Cup looms


Since clashes between Russian Federation and England supporters at the European Championship in 2016, Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin has passed legislation which aims to cut down on hooliganism and instances of violence at sporting events.

Putin signed a decree last month restricting public gatherings and the use of air space and waterways during the tournament.

"Citizens who have committed gross legal violations during sporting events, demonstrated racism, set off fireworks, broken furniture, tried to start fights, are under our unwinking, constant stare", said deputy head of the interior ministry department Anton Gusev.

Out of its original 30-man provisional squad, Russian Federation has also lost midfielder Alan Dzagoev, forward Artyom Dzyuba, naturalized Brazilian right back Mario Fernandes and goalkeeper Andrei Lunyov to various injuries.

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With ten days to go until the opening game, so far not a single game, including Russia's three group stage matches and the final, has been sold out.

On Wednesday FIFA released additional tickets for some matches, including 1,000 tickets in all categories for the Russia-Portugal fixture and 400 tickets in category 4 for Portugal vs Mexico, Germany vs Chile, Mexico vs Russia and the match for the third place respectively.

European champion Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, will make its Confederations Cup debut against Mexico on June 18 in Kazan.

As requested by the Russian authorities, all ticket holders need to apply for a Fan ID from in order to be able to attend matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.