In Summary

  • Russian officials on Friday slammed a Bbc documentary warning of a "festival of violence" by hooligans at next year's World Cup in the country as "propaganda" aimed at tarring the event.
  • Meanwhile, Vladimir Markin, the chief of Russia's Football Union (RFU) security committee, decried claims in the Bbc documentary as totally false.
  • The Bbc's "Russia's Hooligan Army" aired on Thursday showing Russian fans predicting clashes between supporters — especially targeting British fans.

MOSCOW

Russian officials on Friday slammed a Bbc documentary warning of a "festival of violence" by hooligans at next year's World Cup in the country as "propaganda" aimed at tarring the event.

"We need to look absolutely soberly at all this — an information campaign aimed to discredit," Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told the state-run TASS news agency.

"Russia gave security guarantees that were confirmed by the state and will meet its obligations," Mutko, who is also the head of the World Cup organising committee, said.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Markin, the chief of Russia's Football Union (RFU) security committee, decried claims in the Bbc documentary as totally false.

"This is absolutely a work of propaganda," he told the R-Sport news agency.

"It is designed to make as many English fans as possible refuse to come to the World Cup — there is no other aim."

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