13:45 GMT05 March 2021
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    Russia was prepared for info outbursts ahead of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, especially from the United Kingdom, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The "Russia's Hooligan Army" documentary about Russian football fans aired on the BBC on Thursday. It documents filmmaker Alex Stockley von Statzer's journey to Russian to interview members of "the most feared firms."

    "Such info outbursts were expected especially from our English friends, it was clear that they have been preparing this. All countries face problems with football fans, but there are more people who come to support and watch a nice game," Dvorkovich told reporters.

    The deputy prime minister called for international effort in tackling the problem of football hooligans instead of using this issue for creating obstacles for the conduct of sport events.

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