World Cup fever has gripped Russia… but the stewards aren’t messing around as they stop pitch invading kids from meeting heroes in training
- Russia enjoyed an open training session at the VEB Arena in Moscow on Saturday
- Security chased after kids as they tried to meet their heroes on the pitch
- The hosts are just five days away from their opening game with Saudi Arabia
But the stewards weren’t playing around when kids tried to join in the national team’s training session at the VEB Arena in Moscow.
Stewards in Moscow catch a pitch invader as he tries to meet his heroes in training
Russia’s open training session was interrupted by a group of kids running on to the pitch
But stewards were on hand to stop the pitch invaders from making too much progress
One kid was able to break through and headed towards Fyodor Smolov for a selfie
The Russian forward tried to protect the boy as security personnel rushed to grab him
But as they ran on to the pitch they were quickly stopped in their tracks by stewards.
June 14: Saudi Arabia – Moscow – 4pm
June 19: Egypt – St Petersburg – 7pm
June 25: Uruguay – Samara – 3pm
All kick-off times are BST
One appeared to race past the men in high-vis jackets and managed to nab a selfie with forward Fyodor Smolov before he was detained.
Another, wearing a CSKA hoodie, was less successful and stopped by two members of security.
With teams beginning to fly out for the tournament, anticipation is growing in Russia ahead of the festival of football.
After facing Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Russia play Egypt on June 19 before concluding their group stage matches by taking on Uruguay on June 25.
Russia are rank outsiders in their own back yard this summer, having fallen to No 70 in the world – making them the weakest nation at the tournament.
Alan Dzagoev is chased down by Fyodor Kudryashov and Igor Smolnikov in training
The hosts are just five days away from their opening game against Saudi Arabia