Russian football hooliganism row has been exaggerated by Western media, says ex-Kremlin advisor

Legalising hooliganism: 'Football hooliganism has been swept under the carpet across the world', says former Kremlin advisor

Igor Lebedev has suggested legalising football hooliganism

Monday, March 6, 2017

A former Kremlin advisor has said the row surrounding proposals to legalise football hooliganism is just another example of Western media blowing things out of proportion.

Alexander Nekrassove also said that football hooliganism isn't as big problem in Russia in people think - but it has been swept under the carpet across the world.

Nekrassov was speaking after Russian politician Igor Lebedev, who is on the board of the Russian Football Union, suggested legalising football hooliganism and turning it into a sport. He claims it would involve 20 people on each side having an organised unarmed brawl. 

Nekrassov told Sam Delaney: “These are people who say things that we sort of pay attention to but [we] don’t take them seriously because they’re nutters."

Although there has been a lot of talk about Russian hooliganism at the 2018 World Cup, Nekrassov said "the bigger problem for English [fans] would be the lack of infrastructure in Russia. They still lack the infrastructure, good hotels or cheap accommodation."


Listen to the full interview above