Russia has added over 190 football hooligans to a blacklist in preparation for the upcoming FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup which will be hosted across four Russian cities from June 17 to July 2.
Ministry of Internal Affairs official Anton Gusev announced that the blacklist of football hooligans will be among the measures to maintain safety during the tournament.
The list include a group of hooligans that was involved in the clashes in the French city of Marseille last summer during UEFA Euro 2016, in a match between England and Russia.
In February, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko stated that football hooligans will be refused entry to Russia during both the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
The tournament will be held from June 17 to July 2 in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, and Kazan, and will feature the champions of FIFA’s six continental confederations:
- New Zealand
- World Cup champions Germany
- Host nation Russia.