England fans in Moscow (REUTERS) MOSCOW, July 2 (Reuters): England fans arriving in Moscow on Monday ahead of the World Cup knockout match between England and Colombia said the tournament had so far proved those raising concerns over hooliganism wrong and that Russian people were “fantastic”. Worries about violence and other security problems, compounded by a diplomatic crisis between the Kremlin and Westminster, had meant many England fans chose to stay home at the start of the tournament, with just 2,500 visiting Volgograd for England’s first game, against Tunisia. But fans arriving at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for Tuesday’s match said none of the fears had been realised. “There was a fair amount of press back home saying that hooliganism could be a problem, and security,” said Richard Westwood, managing director of a beer company. “But I’ve had two children who have already been. They came (to Russia) two weeks ago and when they came back home they said there was no trouble at all and they thought the Russian people were fantastic,” Westwood said. Waiting at the airport’s arrivals gate to welcome two friends from London, Darren Height, a British owner of a finance company in Moscow, said he had… Read full this story
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