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MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted for ratification to the state Duma, the Council of Europe Convention on a common approach to security, protection and services during sports events, particularly football matches. Information about this posted in the Duma’s electronic database.

The document was signed on behalf of the Russian Federation in Saint-Denis on 3 July 2016.

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According to the official website of the Council of Europe, the Convention aims “to promote safety at football matches and other sports events and to improve international police cooperation”, as well as facilitating the involvement of the police and local authorities “to work with football clubs and fans to prepare matches and the eradication of hooliganism .” The document envisages a number of preventive measures and punishment for acts of violence and misbehaviour, including “prohibitions stadiums for holding competitions, sanctions to the country where the crime was committed or the country of residence or citizenship of the offender, restrictions on travel abroad to football events”.

The new contract, noted on the website of the COE “will replace the European Convention on the protection of the audience from violence and of acts of hooliganism at sport events and in particular football matches (ETS No. 120), developed in 1985 after the tragedy at the stadium “Ezel” in Brussels, where during the final of the European Cup between Italian “Juventus” and the English “Liverpool” in the result of the collapse of the walls of one of the stands killed 39 people.