Local MP encourages football fans to ‘Be on the Ball’ this summer

Football fans planning to travel to Russia for this summer’s FIFA World Cup are being encouraged to check the Foreign Office’s travel advice by local MP Mark Pawsey.

Set to kick off in just a few weeks on June 14th, the 21st World Cup will see thousands of fans from across the world travelling to the Russian Federation to enjoy the beautiful game on its greatest stage. The Foreign Office’s ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign provides guidance and tips for British fans travelling to Russia and includes travel details, information on local customs and specialist advice for BAME, LGBT and disabled fans.

The Foreign Office’s ‘Be on the Ball’ advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/russia2018. General travel advice for those travelling to Russia to can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia

Mark added:

“I know from my very successful campaigns to donate old football shirts to Rwanda how popular football is around Rugby and I am sure that there will be some fans who travel to every World Cup. The important thing for fans to remember is to stay safe whilst travelling and being mindful of the ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign is an excellent well to help ensure that.”

Mark continued:

“Despite the challenges posed by the expulsion of UK diplomats following the attack in Salisbury, I am pleased that the Foreign Office is committed to ensuring that British fans get the best possible support. As such, there will be additional consular staff on hand both in Russia and in neighbouring countries and the British Embassy in Moscow will be available day and night throughout the duration of the World Cup.”