Jeremy urges fans to stay safe at World Cup

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has urged constituents travelling to Russia for the World Cup to stay safe and follow official advice. Jeremy has also advised all fans to ensure they have adequate travel insurance for the duration of their visit.

Following similar campaigns at previous tournaments, the Foreign Office (FCO) has launched a new version of the ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign which provides supporters with advice and tips to help them prepare for a safe trip. The campaign covers issues such as personal safety, transport, information on the host cities as well as risks given the current political situation. The website for the campaign can be found at: www.gov.uk/russia2018

The FCO has been working with other Government departments and the Football Association to ensure fans have the most up-to-date and useful information possible. The Government has also been in contact with Russian authorities and is sending extra consular crisis and media staff to support the team in Moscow.

In the unlikely event that fans get into any difficulty, they should contact the FCO in London on 020 7008 1500 or the British Embassy in Moscow on 007 495 956 7200. This service is available day and night.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “The Government’s primary objective is rightly the safety and security of all those British football fans travelling to Russia. I would urge all fans to read the excellent advice on the ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign website and sign up for the email and social media alerts to get the latest Russia travel advice.

“I would also encourage all fans to ensure they have adequate travel insurance for the duration of their visit. If any constituents do get into difficulty while in Russia please do not hesitate to call the FCO or my office and I will endeavour to support you as best I can.”