Russia will use drones for surveillance to curb fan violence during the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The 2018 World Cup in Russia is slated between June 14 to July 15 this year.
The move to use drone videos for surveillance was revealed to Interfax news agency by Sergei Meliko, Deputy Director of Russia’s National Guard. The cameras would help identify “aggressive supporters” at the tournament, he said. The decision is part of a number of measures aimed at detecting unruly fans during the competition.
“We are paying special attention to measures which can pre-empt, detect, and combat law-breaking by aggressive fans,” Melikov told Interfax news agency.
The video surveillance is a part of a number of measures aimed at detecting unruly fans during the competition. He also claimed special bomb squads would be present at each of the World Cup stadiums. The measures will ensure that violence and hooliganism does not disrupt the World Cup.
Security during the football world’s biggest showcase event has been one of the main concerns of the organizing committee.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has also revealed that rescue crews and doctors are studying English to ensure they can better communicate with fans attending the event.
Russian authorities have announced that fans attending the World Cup matches need to apply for a “FAN ID”. This was introduced to ensure those associated with hooliganism and fan violence at football matches are unable to gain access to stadiums.
The FAN ID is an identification document required by the Russian authorities. All ticket holders need to hold a FAN ID together with a valid match ticket in order to enter the stadiums hosting the World Cup matches.
Fan violence has been one of the major security threats at global football events. During 2016 UEFA European Championships in France the Russian fans were involved in violent clashes with England supporters in Marseille, leaving one England fan Andrew Bache in coma.