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Russian Fans Charged With Stadium Misconduct Face Lifetime Ban

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that hooligan fans "could be banned from entering sports stadiums" for the rest of their life, according to XINHUA. Medvedev said, "Perhaps, for those who commit crimes directly in a stadium, the ban could be fore life." Medvedev stressed that the government "must toughen punishments for sports-related crimes," as Russia is hosting several int'l sports events in the next few years, such as the World University Games in '13, Winter Olympics in '14 and World Cup in '18. The government "proposed to introduce" a ban of up to one year for fans who break stadium rules (XINHUA, 11/26).