UK, Russian police team up to avoid World Cup trouble

Officers, tipped off about a group of potentially disruptive supporters in the hours before last week's Champions League clash between Manchester United and CSKA Moscow, moved swiftly to intercept them.

UK, Russian police team up to avoid World Cup trouble

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ahead of a sell-out European football match, Manchester police tracked fans' movements via CCTV and Russian security officials joined them in the control room to learn more about tactics.

The fans "are keen on participating in disorder in Manchester," Inspector Lee Cooklynn told a pre-game briefing at police headquarters five miles from the stadium in northwest England.

Police held the group of around 60 in a car park and escorted them back onto a train before any trouble flares.

The match was attended by around 75,000 people, including 1,270 CSKA fans and a delegation of Russian security officials, who visited police headquarters prior.

It marked the latest dialogue between the two countries' police as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup.

After decades of dealing with England's infamous, but much-reduced, football hooligan culture, British commanders have strategies and tactics to share.

Russia is grappling with its own hooligan problem and fears violence could overshadow the tournament next summer.

Fighting between well-prepared Russian fans and English supporters marred their Euro 2016 game in Marseille, France, and both sides are eager to avoid a repeat next summer.

Britain and Russia may have tense political relations, but -- in football policing at least -- they are cooperating.

"It's an opportunity to build relationships and a rapport, explain to them how England fans are normally treated (and) how we would work the policing," Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, Britain’s most senior officer in charge of football, told AFP in Manchester.

"Clearly after what happened in Marseille and some of the other... issues that associate themselves with football in Russia, there is a potential issue."



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