"Foreign citizens who stayed legally in Russia with Fan IDs but tried to cross the border with Western countries via [Russia’s] Kaliningrad, Murmansk and Leningrad regions will be expelled. They have violated their purpose of stay and will be expelled from Russia," Gorovoy said, adding that the majority of the individuals were citizens of Kenya, Morocco, and other African countries.
The Fan ID, a FIFA-issued identification card all match ticket holders needed to enter World Cup stadiums, replaced usually strict Russian visas. In late June, Finnish media reported that the country’s authorities were looking at five asylum applications from people who arrived in Finland through Russia with Fan IDs.
Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and came to a close on Sunday with 64 games played in 11 cities across the country.