“If the police continue to behave like this, few people will want to come to football.”

CSKA accused hackers of turning off cameras at the stadium during the match against Zenit. According to the Moscow club, the pyrotechnic show, which was staged by their fans, was a pre-planned action. After the game, according to various sources, up to 400 people were detained, and a protocol on administrative violations was drawn up for more than 50 fans. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than 20 detained CSKA fans face a six-month ban on attending football matches, and the arena itself is suspected of non-compliance with safety requirements. The Russian Premier League, in turn, stressed that the actions of the police endangered the health of people. However, questions after this incident arise to all interested parties – from football leaders to security officials, said Vladimir Osipov, a sports commentator for Kommersant FM.

What happened on the CSKA home arena after the match against Zenit hardly surprised anyone. Outraged, upset, anything, but not surprised. The scheme of police work is well known to those who go to football. People in uniform, and especially in special protection – their fans call them astronauts – do not negotiate. They prefer to hit, sometimes immediately, without unnecessary dialogue. I know what I’m talking about, I myself got into such bindings, and even a press card did not always save me in these situations. So the incident at CSKA is not the first and not the hundredth law enforcement lawlessness in football. There were just few mass arrests and high-profile stories, so those who do not go to football did not know about them.

Fortunately, this time there was no assault, but spending a few hours in the stands after the match, and then a night at the police station is such a story, especially if you are not guilty of anything. Of course, there must be order in football, who can argue. But why be so boundless? We all remember that not so long ago, active fans staged battles, and many were afraid to go to football for this very reason.

Now the police seem to have coped with this, but they themselves began to behave worse than fan groups, and anyone who came to support their favorite team can easily be thrown into a paddy wagon, and even after a rubber club they can be whacked a couple of times!

The stories of how the police kept CSKA fans in the stands for several hours, and then also arranged mass arrests, will certainly frighten many. It is these people that we will not count on in football arenas and we will be upset later about this.

Perhaps there are questions about the quality of the game, but if the police continue to behave this way, few people will want to come to football. Yes, CSKA fans staged a fire show, yes, they broke the rules, but why did the cameras filming the stands not work? Why didn’t the club representatives intervene? Why did the police work so clumsy and, as fans say, “screwed” everyone, without even figuring out who is right and who is wrong? So there was such a team. If so, who gave this command? You see how many questions arise.

By tradition, we will not receive answers to them, although it seems like both the RPL and the RFU promised to figure it out. But can they? After all, everything that a man in uniform does is now legal, and it scares. At the time of fan skirmishes, it seemed like it was clear what was good and what was bad. In a certain scenario, a person seemed to be able to even turn to law enforcement agencies for protection. And what to do now, when those who create all this have not only special equipment, but also power? Who knows, maybe people in uniform do this on purpose to discourage fans from going to stadiums. If so, they are doing pretty well.



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