How to stay safe at the World Cup
By Diane Cooke
Former AC Milan star Zvonimir Boban, Fifa’s deputy secretary-general thinks paltry fines for racist offences dished out to Russia and other offending countries are small because nations should not be heavily punished because of a “few idiots”.
According to The Sun, anti-discrimination body Kick It Out blasted Boban’s comments saying it was “laughable” for Fifa to claim their efforts to tackle racism were up to scratch.
Despite the reservations of some England players about Fifa’s commitment – including Danny Rose who told his family not to travel to Russia for fear of abuse, Boban expects a racism-free World Cup.
He told The Times: “I don’t believe we will see these idiots, but we have procedures. I believe we do enough at Fifa.
“We have to look after the players, but how far do you punish the game for a few idiots?"
But it seems that racism is not the only danger fans could face at the World Cup. What about the Russian Ultras? (pictured)
According to Alexander Shprygin, once the head of the official Russian fan supporters' club now disbanded, they'll stay away.
He claimed the real 'ultras' have either been banned or will take themselves away for the duration of the games.
He told Sky News: "These days if you breach a rule at the stadium, it's only a matter of time before you get a knock on your door at 7am by people in balaclavas who ransack your home and bring you in for interrogation," he said.
"The message is clear. It is one thing to kick up a storm on foreign soil, but it is entirely different when the Federal Security Service (FSB) come calling if you put a foot wrong back home."
The government and the Football Supporters Federation issued safety and security advice for England fans heading to Russia to watch the tournament this week.
Following the recent collapse of Anglo-Russian relations due to the poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal, there are concerns that Brits could be targeted when visiting the country.
Fans have been told to only bring the bare minimum amount of electrical devices abroad with them in order to avoid data breaches and to keep their passports and identity cards safe.
“Firstly, ask yourself how many personal devices you need to take with you,” the National Cyber Security Centre states on its website.
“Do you need to take a laptop, tablet and a mobile phone? If you lost your device, or someone stole it, what information and personal data would you lose?”
Fans were advised to follow a number of safety precautions including, insuring their anti-virus software is up to date and avoiding downloading apps from unofficial providers.
Jason Hart a cyber security expert told the Evening Standard: “Fans need to be very careful about what WiFi networks they connect to,” he said.
“Hackers can harvest all sorts of personal data through WiFi networks.”
He explained that if a fan logs into a WiFi that is not trustworthy they could be in danger of providing a hacker with their password and username information for the sites they access when using that WiFi.
He warned fans to avoid logging into their business emails or work portals whilst abroad.
“If a fan uses an untrustworthy WiFi network to access their work platforms that could lead to hackers gaining access to whole companies and then they could cause a lot of damage,” Mr Hart said.