MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. The Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) signed on Tuesday a landmark partnership deal with the International Center for Sport Security (ICSS) in a bid to protect the country’s top football division from possible threats to the safety, security and integrity of the sport.
RFPL became the first Russian sports federation to enter an agreement with the ICSS as Russia is gearing up to host a number of large-scale international sports events over the coming decade, including the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The memorandum was signed during a press conference in TASS on Tuesday by RFPL President Sergey Pryadkin and ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab in the presence of ICSS Director General Helmut Spahn, Chief Executive of ICSS for Europe Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, RFPL Security Director Alexander Meitin and RFPL spokesman Sergey Alexeyev.
“This partnership represents a significant boost in the fight to protect top clubs, officials and players around Russia and will hopefully play an important part of the country’s preparations in the lead up to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup,” Hanzab said commenting on the memorandum.
“At the ICSS, we believe that governments and governing bodies must take a lead and be at the forefront of the fight to protect sport,” Hanzab said. “I would like to thank the RFPL for partnering with the ICSS and would urge other organizations to show the same courage and leadership to confront the many new threats to sport that are emerging on the horizon.”
RFPL President Pryadkin said the signing of the partnership deal with the ICSS was only the first step toward the major cooperation and within several weeks both organizations will start their work on the formation of working groups to define concrete steps of their all-embracing cooperation.
“The Premier League continuously works hard for the implementation of international best practices to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants in the Russian Championship,” Pryadkin said. “The signing of the cooperation agreement with the ICSS for us is an important step in this direction.”
Chief Executive of ICSS for Europe Medeiros, who was the first ICSS official to come to Moscow on August 15 this year to start the work on the partnership agreement with the country’s top football division, said “This cooperation agreement that we have just seen signed here today is much more than a partnership between the two institutions.”
“It is an expression of a common vision, a very strong spirit and a very proactive attitude to confront the challenges and threats this sport is facing,” he said. “This is a project with future and for the future.”
The ICSS is an international, independent and not-for-profit organization. With an aim to improve security, safety and integrity throughout the world of sport; the ICSS works with governments, federations, clubs, leagues and event organizers. The ICSS provides expertise, services and global knowledge — advising on event and venue safety, strategic security and investigations into corruption in sport.