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IMAGE: File photo of a Russian fan smashing a chair over an England supporter. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images.

Russia has vowed to crack down on crowd unrest moncler outlet store ahead of the World Cup, to be held from June 14 to July 15, and to weed out troublemakers by screening fans.

However, documents seen by Reuters show that Pavel Cherkas, a 32 year moncler outlet online old fan moncler sale who was blacklisted last year for being drunk at a match, applied for and received a World Cup fan ID after the ban had taken effect.

moncler jackets outlet After Reuters asked the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, which oversees the fan ID programme, how a blacklisted fan was cleared to attend the World Cup, Cherkas was informed his ID had been revoked, without explanation. moncler jackets outlet

moncler outlet The ministry said a fan ID can be cancelled to ensure security or public order, or if it moncler outlet sale receives information about violations by spectators at events in or outside Russia. moncler outlet

moncler sale outlet Moncler Outlet Russia has pledged to curb stadium violence at the World Cup, hoping to expunge memories of brawls between Russian and English fans in Marseille during the 2016 European championship. But Russia still wants to show it is taking action and has launched a fan blacklist, which contains more than 400 names, although few violent cases. moncler sale outlet

moncler outlet jackets “I’m not saying the government is wrong in banning fans,” said Cherkas, smoking at a picnic table in central Moscow. moncler outlet jackets

moncler sale “But if they do, they should do so effectively.” moncler sale

Reuters did not find other cases of blacklisted fans obtaining World Cup fan IDs and could not establish how widespread the problem was. Another blacklisted fan said his ID application had been rejected.

cheap moncler coats The dates on Cherkas’ ban were amended this month in what the interior ministry told him was a mix up cheap moncler outlet with another fan. His cheap moncler sale ban, which was to expire during the World Cup, is now listed as lasting until May 21. It remains unclear whether he will be granted another fan ID to attend two World Cup matches taking place on dates covered by his initial ban. cheap moncler coats

moncler outlet store Nine blacklisted fans, including Cherkas, said they had regularly skirted the ban. Reuters reporters saw one of them at a match last month, while others provided photographic evidence of themselves attending sporting events while buy moncler jackets banned. moncler outlet store

moncler jacket sale Two Reuters reporters witnessed a blacklisted fan enter Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, a World Cup venue, for a Russian Cup match last month. With a ticket bearing his name in hand, the fan, a man in his mid 20s wearing red Air Jordan running shoes and a black beanie, made his way into the venue unobstructed. moncler jacket sale

moncler outlet sale The reporters remained with the fan, banned from attending sporting events last year for having lit a flare at moncler sale outlet a Russian Premier League monlcer down jackets match, throughout the match and left the stadium at the same time. He was not approached by stadium or security officials, nor was the name on his ticket checked. moncler outlet sale

At the stadium, he flipped through pictures on his iPhone of sporting events he had attended while banned, including Russian Premier League matches, an international soccer friendly, and moncler mens jackets a match at the cheap moncler 2017 Confederations Cup.

moncler outlet online Reuters was able to contact 117 people on the blacklist, which contained 423 cheap moncler jackets names as of March 20. Thirty two agreed to speak, all but one under condition of anonymity. Some have been asked to promise not to disrupt the World Cup. moncler outlet online

moncler factory outlet “I pledge not to organise or take part in fights, illegal actions and mass riots at sports facilities or on the territory of the Moscow region,” a form handed by police to one fan read. moncler factory outlet

moncler outlet uk But the blacklisted fans are not Russia’s most violent. moncler outlet uk

cheap moncler https://www.moncleroutletmall.com jackets sale More than a third were included for lighting flares, smoke cheap moncler coats bombs or firecrackers or attempting to do so. Another 20 percent were banned for public drunkenness. One was blacklisted for kicking another fan. cheap moncler jackets sale

cheap moncler jackets Loopholes in the blacklist law make it hard to enforce. cheap moncler jackets

cheap moncler outlet Although meant to keep moncler outlet problematic fans out of stadiums, the law does not outline the events where identification is mandatory or where ticket holders must be checked against the blacklist. In any case, few events require identification. cheap moncler outlet

“Many people were preventively included on the blacklist ahead of the World Cup for one reason or another.

cheap moncler “At the police station, we were told there was an order to come up with a percentage of blacklisted fans.” cheap moncler.

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