MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. Identifying fans is a key security problem in preparations for the FIFA World Cup in 2018, a Russian football official said on Thursday.
Alexander Meitlin, head of security for the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), said it was necessary to outline "the system of identification of fans as they buy tickets and enter stadiums".
He said fans could be asked to show their IDs when buying tickets to World Cup matches. After that, they would receive individual numbers, he added.
Draft law requiring fans to show IDs at stadiums has been submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament.
RFPL President Sergey Pryadkin said the league would cooperate with football fan clubs to enhance security at the stadiums.
"Real fans should fear no restrictive measures in the Russian legislation. And those who even do not watch the game should not be present at the staium," he said. "Clubs are tired of paying fines which reach up to 1.5 millionn euros per year."
Pryadkin urged fans to respect football clubs and organisations.
Russia won the bid to host the Cup over three years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the combined bid by Belgium and The Netherlands.
World Cup matches will take place at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15, 2018.