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Over 3,000 foreign football hooligans were blocked from entering Russia for 2018 World Cup

July 18, 20:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The fact that they were declined to enter the country played an important role in the provision of safety at the world championship, the Russian interior minister said

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MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Russian security services managed to block from entering Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup over 3,000 foreign football fans with a previous record of misconduct at sports facilities, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said on Tuesday.

"As a result of cooperation with our foreign colleagues and information exchange, over 3,000 foreign citizens, who had a record of misconduct at sports facilities in the past, were declined to enter Russia," Kolokoltsev said at a session with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The fact that they were declined to enter the country played an important role in the provision of safety at the world championship," the minister added.

Kolokoltsev added that over 100,000 members of the Interior Ministry were involved in the provision of security during the global football championship.

"The Russian police were polite and considerate," the minister said. "Football fans caught in minor offenses were only reprimanded."

"Positive characteristics should be attributed to the Center of International Police Interaction as well as to detachments of tourist police," Kolokoltsev added.

This summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14 and ended with a spectacular final match, played also at the Luzhniki Stadium, where France confidently defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the much-coveted World Cup Trophy.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The national football team of hosts Russia managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-3 penalty shootout on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.

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