Russia aims laws at fan problem before 2018 WCup

April 11, 2013
Russia aims laws at fan problem before 2018 WCup

AS Roma supporters light flares and cheer during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio at Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Russia's World Cup leadership is hoping new laws will help prevent disorderly fans from marring the tournament in 2018.

A bill is going through the Russian parliament that would fine and suspend violent fans from matches for one to six months. The bill also carries a jail term and a one-year suspension for behavior that disrupts matches.

World Cup director Alexander Djordjadze acknowledges that hooliganism is a "big concern for the entire football family in Russia."

Addressing the SoccerEx conference in Manchester, Djordjadze says he hopes the new laws will "change the fan culture completely."