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Russian lawmakers greenlight Fan-ID initiative for national football fans

The bill was passed with an amendment correcting the date of the new regulation’s introduction

MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of the country’s parliament, passed in its 2nd reading on Thursday a draft law on the introduction of Fan-IDs, which are required for football fans to attend matches.

The bill was passed with an amendment correcting the date of the new regulation’s introduction, which now stands at June 1, 2022.

The draft law provides for the introduction of Fan-IDs, which will be required for football fans attending matches. The bill must be approved by the upper house of the Russian Parliament, the Federation Council, and then signed into law by the president.

Alexei Sorokin, the head of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), announced last month that Russia’s Fan-ID system would be in use during the 2022 UEFA Champions League final match in Saint Petersburg to simplify the country’s border entry procedures for foreign football fans.

Russia’s Fan-ID was successfully tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and earned high marks from the world’s governing football body of FIFA. The Fan-ID system was also in place during matches of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup in St. Petersburg last summer.

A Fan-ID holder was allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of global football tournaments. Fan-IDs were obligatory, in addition to purchased tickets, in order to attend football matches.