Approximately 3000 Argentina fans will be prohibited from the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 which is set to be held in Russia. These fans are shortlisted for bad behaviour in their previous records.
Government of Argentina has signed a deal with Russia to restrict these fans including members of the Barras Bravas group from watching the matches.
Guillermo Madero, the national director of security at Argentine football matches said, “A list of 400 names of Argentines who will not be able to enter stadiums was handed over and it is estimated that the definitive database we send will have around 3000 names,”
The Government of Argentina will also send six law enforcement officials to Russia, in order to make sure that the Barras Bravas do not enter the matches.
Juan Manuel Lugones of the agency set up to prevent violence at sports events had a few words to say “We believe that the Barras will go to Russia whatever (happens) but they are not going to get into the grounds.”
To make things even harder for the unruly fans, information like Fan ID, which supporters get when they buy tickets to the games will be shared with the airlines to stop the fans from even getting the tickets.
Such strict measure is understandable as Barras have been a nuisance on many occasions. Conducting violent attacks and even controlling the ticket sale, in addition to being involved in many illegal activities outside football are some go to jobs that they do.
The South American team have had great success in the group stage of the previous three World Cups. They were defeated in the quarter finals of the 2006 and 2010 tournament against Germany. However, they reached the finals of the 2014 edition of the tournament but unfortunately couldn’t break their losing record to the Germans.
According to the world cup schedule, Argentina are to kick start their journey in Group D on June 16. The match will be held in Moscow against Iceland, followed by a game against Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod and then against Nigeria in St. Petersburg.