Russian fans say dozens barred from Confederations Cup


8:39 a.m. ET June 18, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian fans say dozens — including a notorious fan leader — have been barred from going to Confederations Cup games after their identity documents were unexpectedly canceled.

Fans at the tournament require not only tickets but also a Russian government-issued “fan ID,” in a measure designed to allow the state to filter out potential troublemakers.

A Moscow-based hotline providing legal support for fans says many Russians had IDs granted which were canceled hours before Russia’s opening game against New Zealand, making their tickets useless.


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