December 11 – Sergei Fursenko, the President of the Russian Football Union (RFU), has claimed that nationalist organisations were behind violent clashes involving Spartak Moscow fans that today claimed the life of one fan and left another 29 injured.
Just nine days after Russia were awarded the 2018 World Cup, the frightening scenes saw 5,000 youngsters, mainly football fans and members of nationalist organisations, gathering on central Moscow’s Manezh Square to protest over the the earlier death of Spartak Moscow fan Yegor Sviridov.
Fursenko reacted by claiming that the RFU will launch a campaign promoting ethnic tolerance and health way of life among football fans.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he will look into the causes of the clashes.
“As far as I know the movement of football fans has never been politicised and has never yielded to provocations,” he said.