Russia putting 'comprehensive security' in place for 2018: FIFA

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Russia Faces Action From UEFA

Global soccer body FIFA said that World Cup 2018 host nation Russia was putting in place a "comprehensive security concept" to prevent a repetition of the hooliganism which has marred the European championship in France.

Russia fans have been at the center of the troubles and tournament organizers UEFA imposed a suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro ($168,300.00) fine on the Russian Football Union (RFU) on Tuesday.

The incidents have raised more questions about security at the World Cup in two years' time, adding to existing concerns about racism at Russian football matches.

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"The policing and security infrastructure of major events of the scale of the Euro and the FIFA World Cup are very complex in nature," said FIFA in a statement to Reuters.

"For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, detailed security planning began by the local authorities from the moment the host country was chosen," it added.

"The relevant Russian authorities are putting in place a comprehensive security concept for next year's Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup."

FIFA added that the security would incorporate "any lessons learnt from other events such as Euro 2016 and Rio 2016 (the Olympics Games) in order to try to avoid any repetition of such incidents."

The game's ruling body however, did not directly answer a question on whether it could guarantee the safety of visiting supporters from organized groups of Russian hooligans.

FIFA also said it could not comment on whether it would follow up on sanctions imposed against Russia by European soccer's governing body UEFA.

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee takes decisions based on the specific circumstances of each case. Therefore, please understand that we cannot comment or speculate on potential future scenarios."

(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Russian soccer fans suspected of being involved in clashes, one wearing a banner saying "Russians No Surrender", are ushered off their bus after being stopped by gendarmes in Mandelieu near Cannes in southern France, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: A Russian fan holds up two flares during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Saturday, June 11, 2016 file photo, Russian supporters attack an England fan at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France. UEFA's disciplinary body says Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, June 11, 2016 file photo, Russian supporters attack an England fan at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France. UEFA's disciplinary body says Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
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MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Fans of Russia support their team during Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France on June 11, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Clash erupts between the fans of England and Russia after Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France on June 11, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Russian supporters charges at England fans in the stands at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Russian supporters charges at England fans in the stands at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Spectators try to escape from Russian supporters who went on a charge in the stands right after the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Football Soccer - England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stade V?lodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 Fans clash in the stadium after the game REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic
Football Soccer - England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stade V?lodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 England fans try to escape trouble in the stadium as clashes breakout REUTERS/Eddie Keogh Livepic
People run through the streets of Marseille, France after police fired tear gas following clashes after the Euro 2016 soccer championship group B match between England and Russia Saturday, June 11, 2016. Clashes between soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port occurred for a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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