Rus­sia tight­ens law on sports dis­tur­bances

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MOSCOW: Rus­sian law­mak­ers have voted to double fines for some re­peat trou­ble­mak­ers at sports events, a year be­fore the coun­try hosts the World Cup.

The lower house of par­lia­ment voted on Wednesday to raise the penal­ties to be­tween 40,000 (US3,100) and 50,000 rubles for fans who breach bans on at­tend­ing sports events. They can also be de­tained for up to 15 days in­stead of a fine.

Un­der ex­ist­ing law, fans caus­ing trou­ble at sports events can be banned from sports events in Rus­sia for up to seven years.

Rus­sian fans clashed with English sup­port­ers on the streets and in­side the sta­dium dur­ing last year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in France, with three Rus­sian sup­port­ers given pri­son sen­tences in France.

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