MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - No serious violations of law or order were recorded in Russia during this summer's FIFA World Cup as local police was "polite" with football fans, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Wednesday.
"Russian police acted politely and delicately. Only preventative measures were taken against fans who committed petty wrongdoings," Kolokoltsev said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He added that the International Center for Police Cooperation, which opened in the town of Domodedovo, just outside Moscow, ahead of the World Cup, contributed to staging a safe tournament.
"It will suffice to say that, thanks to cooperation with our foreign colleagues... more than 3,000 foreigners, who had a previous record of committing wrongdoings at sporting facilities, were banned from entering Russia... And it was one of the factors helping us to hold a secure event," Kolokoltsev said.
Russia hosted its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 with the games played in 11 cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and Sochi.