2018 World Cup CEO says football violence concern

The head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia said football violence

”was a concern” in his country but it would take the necessary

measures to ensure fans were safe inside and outside of the


Alexey Sorokin said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a Dubai

sports conference that he expects Russia will bring ”security up

to level where it’s absolutely safe inside the stadium,” adding

the country plans to introduce rules requiring tickets bought only

with proper identification as well as infrastructure upgrades to

stadiums that include security cameras.

Sorokin’s comments come weeks after a Russian league game

between Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg was called off after

the Dynamo goalkeeper was injured by a firecracker thrown from the

Zenit stands.