Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law that will toughen penalties for “gross violations” at sporting events by both Russian and visiting fans.
The new legislation includes increased fines, 15-day detentions, deportation and, for Russian fans, a seven-year ban on attending fixtures.
New legislation also punishes spectators for endangering their own safety or the safety of others at any sporting fixture. Fans will be forced to take on a 20,000 ruble fine and a 7-year stadium ban, while foreign supporters pay the fine and face deportation.
Foreign fans blacklisted by police as likely law-breakers will also be banned from entering Russia.
In addition Russia will re-introduce drunk tanks — Soviet-era isolation rooms for intoxicated individuals — in eleven cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, chief narcologist at the Health Ministry, Yevgeny Brun told pro-Kremlin television channel RT. Each region will be able to choose whether the sobering rooms are under the control of the Interior Ministry or local hospitals, according to Brun.