Russia to strengthen security measures at World Cup 2018

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Russia will strengthen security measures at World Cup 2018, the country’s Ministry of Sports Vitaly Mutko says.

Russia to strengthen security measures at World Cup 2018

SHOWS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 24, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. MEDIA BRIEFING BY RUSSIAN AND FIFA SOCCER OFFICIALS IN PROGRESS

2. MEDIA

3. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN SPORTS MINISTER, VITALY MUTKO, SAYING:

“We live through difficult times. There will be a new election in February, a new (FIFA) president will be elected, on December 2-3 there will be a meeting of an executive committee which will have to review the reforms needed for the organisation to gain back trust. But I will say once again, FIFA is a major organisation, and the World Cup is FIFA’s main project. And of course we treat it with great responsibility and of course we try to fulfill all the obligations which Russia has put upon itself in time.”

4. FIFA DIRECTOR OF COMPETITIONS, COLIN SMITH, LISTENING

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA ACTING SECRETARY GENERAL, MARKUS KATTNER, SAYING:

“Looking forward to the next year, we realise that there is still a great deal of work to be done. This is nothing unusual especially in the area of infrastructure as we approach the final stretch of preparation for the next major milestone which is the Confederations Cup.”

6. BRIEFING IN PROGRESS

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN SPORTS MINISTER, VITALY MUTKO, SAYING:

“Of course now taking into consideration the situation in the world the security measures will be strengthened. Our FIFA colleagues today have drown our attention to the fact that we should pay even more attention to the fan areas and the fan festivals and put them under special control. Of course it will be done.”

8. OFFICIALS STANDING UP, WALKING AWAY

STORY: Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says he has no concerns over his country’s hosting of the World Cup in 2018.

There have been calls for Russia to be stripped of the tournament over allegations of corruption in the bidding process.

But although soccer’s governing body FIFA is embroiled in scandal, nothing has been proven against Russia.

“We live through difficult times,” Mutko told reporters on Tuesday (November 24) at a briefing in Moscow.

“There will be a new (FIFA Presidential) election in February, a new (FIFA) president will be elected, on December 2-3 there will be a meeting of an executive committee which will have to review the reforms needed for the organisation to gain back trust. But I will say once again, FIFA is a major organisation, and the World Cup is FIFA’s main project. And of course we treat it with great responsibility and of course we try to fulfill all the obligations which Russia has put upon itself in time.”

Meanwhile FIFA’s Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner has said Russia still has work to do on infrastructure and logistics ahead of the tournament.

“Looking forward to the next year, we realise that there is still a great deal of work to be done,” he said.

“This is nothing unusual especially in the area of infrastructure as we approach the final stretch of preparation for the next major milestone which is the Confederations Cup.”

The media briefing took place on the same day the organisers of the Euro2016 tournament in France gave reassurances over security measures in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris.

And Mutko said Russia would also put in place plans to tighten security.

“Of course now taking into consideration the situation in the world the security measures will be strengthened,” he said.

“Our FIFA colleagues today have drown our attention to the fact that we should pay even more attention to the fan areas and the fan festivals and put them under special control. Of course it will be done.”

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