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The CEO of Spartak said that the preparation of the stadium for the introduction of Fan ID will be completed in February, and expressed confidence that in the second half of the season, attendance at home matches will drop noticeably

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General Director of Spartak Evgeny Melezhikov declared Sport-Express that after the Fan ID system is launched at the home stadium, three times fewer spectators will go to the team’s matches.

“About readiness [стадиона к внедрению Fan ID] We are on schedule. Within the framework of the plans that we have outlined for ourselves. In February, you must be 100% ready. As for attendance, I am sure that it will fall. If without Fan ID we now have an average of about 12-15 thousand people walking, I think it should fall by three times, ”said Melezhikov.

Since the beginning of the season, a fan card has been required to attend matches of the Russian Premier League (RPL) at five stadiums – in Sochi, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg. The remaining arenas should join the project in the second part of the season (will resume in early March).

Karpin suggested to Rodnina that instead of introducing Fan ID, “let the clubs earn money”

Photo: FC official website "Rostov"

Most fan associations of RPL clubs opposed Fan ID, some decided to boycott the games of their teams.

Fan ID has been repeatedly criticized by the head coach of Rostov and the Russian national team Valery Karpin.

Fan ID is issued on the public services portal. Card processing may be denied if a fan or tournament participant has previously violated public order at a sporting event, including outside of Russia, or if there is information “about the intention to commit the relevant unlawful acts.”

At the last home match of Spartak in the RPL, on October 30 against Torpedo, 13,457 spectators were present at the Otkritie Bank Arena.

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