For they have no idea what they are doing!

For they have no idea what they are doing!

A very unpleasant incident occurred before the 1/8 World Cup match between England and Columbia on the premises of Spartak stadium. An English fan defiled a statue of a prominent player of Spartak FC, Fedor Cherenkov, by drawing ENGLAND on it.

Actions of the fan may be qualified as a violation of the Supporters Code of Conduct in accordance with art. 20.31 of the Code of administrative offences of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with par. “i” of the Supporters Code of Conduct (Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation dated as 16.12.2013 № 1156) the fans are prohibited from making drawings or inscriptions on constructions, buildings or other structures within the areas where an official sporting event takes place. Such an action is subject to administrative liability: an administrative fine (3 000 – 10 000 rubles), community service (40-160 hours) with a stadium ban (6 months – 3 years).

The actions of the fans might also fall within the scope of Art. 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Vandalism”, but taking into consideration the character of the fan’s actions, he will just receive administrative sanctions: annulment of FAN ID and stadium ban to visit the remaining matches.

Thanks to the security officers of the stadium the fan, Mr. Hall Rufus, was identified and arrested by the Police. He apologized right away: “I am sorry and ashamed. I fell in love with this country after 2 days here. Your people are very welcoming. I respect the history. Had I known that someone would be insulted by this, I would have never committed such an act. I do apologize.”