Law on FAN ID : On December 30, the President of Russia signed the so-called “FAN ID” law, which will come into force on June 1, 2022. MK-Sport answers the most important questions that may arise due to the fact that this new initiative has become inevitable.
“MK-Sport” has repeatedly and in detail wrote about the reasons for the adoption of amendments to the Law on Sports, their essence , planned changes and fans’ dissatisfaction with the new government initiative.
True, it can hardly be called “new”, because talk about the need and desire of the state to identify all visitors to football matches (and not only) has been going on for a long time. So the only question was when this desire will become a reality.
In theory, the “Law on FAN ID”, according to which all visitors, participants (athletes and others) and other persons involved in the competition will be required to pass identification and authentication, must still be published to complete the procedure for its adoption. But after being signed by the President, this is a formal question of time. And given the rapid pace at which everything has been done over the past month and a half, there is no doubt that the publication will take place in the coming days. The amendments to the Sport Law have already been published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
Now the Government has six months to resolve all technical, legal and legal issues. MK-Sport examines the main practical points of the new law.
WHERE IS IDENTIFICATION NECESSARY?
The list of competitions for which a FAN ID will be required will be provided by the Government. There is no doubt about it. That it will affect football. Hockey and possibly basketball. By what criteria the competition will be included in this list is not yet clear. The law only says that the Government of the Russian Federation will make these decisions, taking into account the specifics of a particular sport and depending on the level of the sporting event. Also, the inclusion of a sporting event in this list will be influenced by it
WHO IS OBLIGED TO GET A FAN ID?
All spectators, participants in official sports competitions, and other persons involved in the conduct of such competitions will be required to receive identification cards. That is, we are talking not only about fans, but also athletes, team shuttles, technical personnel of sports facilities, and so on. The law states that this is done in order to ensure the security of the state, public safety and public order during official sports competitions.
WHO WILL ISSUE FAN ID?
The law specifies that the operator of the system will be the federal executive body responsible for the development and implementation of state policy and legal regulation in the field of information technology. In other words, this is most likely the Ministry of Digital Science. How this ministry will interact with the Ministry of Sports is not yet clear.
At the same time, there is one more, purely practical issue. According to the new law, a large number of people will be obliged to issue a FAN ID, since we are talking not only about the fans, but also about all the participants in the sports competitions chosen by the Government. This means that at first this will definitely require significant technical, financial and human resources. And there is concern about possible “system failures.”
WHERE CAN I GET FAN ID?
The issuance of personalized cards will take place on the portals of gosulugs. At the same time, the list of required information will also be determined by the Government. It will be interesting to see how, for example, technically CSKA or Spartak will receive cards for all staff of their stadiums and their teams, including the drivers of club buses.
WHO WILL BE REFUSED TO OBTAIN A FAN ID?
Any person can be refused if it is necessary in order to ensure the defense or security of the state or public order, or if there is information received in accordance with the law or on the basis of international treaties about the facts of your violation of public order during mass events, including abroad. Or if there is a suspicion that you intend to commit some “illegal acts.” Restrictions on ha you can be imposed by court decisions.
Given that the system can interact with other official information systems, this data will most likely be provided by the relevant departments responsible for ensuring law and order and the state’s defense capability. And this is not just about MFD.
Summing up, we can say that so far the greatest concern is caused by the lack of transparency in decision-making on the refusal to issue an FN ID and the quality and characteristics of the information available to law enforcement agencies, which is the basis for such decisions. Some of those wishing to attend the matches of the World and European Football Championships that took place in Russia have already encountered this over the past three years, having received refusals to issue a FAN ID.
It is also necessary to remember that Zenit and Spartak fans have already announced their active rejection and refusal to issue identification cards. Other fan groups may do so after New Years. This can also lead to an increase in tension in the football community, since even well-known veterans and authoritative specialists, such as Oleg Romantsev , do not agree with the adopted law.