Vladimir Putin has signed a law tightening restrictions on football violence ©Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law today tightening regulations against football supporters found guilty of misbehaving at sporting events.

The new law, which forms a set of amendments to the existing "Code on Administrative Regulations", doubles fines for those violating suspension orders from stadiums from a maximum of 25,000 rubles (£447/£355/€417) to 50,000 rubles (£976/$710/€834).

A detention of between 10 and 15 days remains a possibility. 

The text of the law stipulates that "severe violations of fans’ behavior during official sports tournaments" implies all actions "which pose a threat to security, life and harm to the health of those present at sports events and surrounding vicinities".

Foreign sports fans who have previously faced charges of public order violations in other countries will also be barred from entering the country.

This comes as Russia seeks to avoid crowd trouble at this year's Confederations Cup and next year's FIFA World Cup.

Numerous altercations were reported between football fans at the Euro 2016 continental event last year.

Particularly vicious clashes broke out between fans of the two countries before the match between the two outside the stadium in Marseilles on June 12.

One England fan, Andrew Bache, was left in a coma as a result of his injuries.

Violent scenes erupted between Russia and England fans inside and outside the stadium when they met in Marseille at Euro 2016 ©Getty Images
Violent scenes erupted between Russia and England fans inside and outside the stadium when they met in Marseille at Euro 2016 ©Getty Images

He was subjected to an attack with iron bars from Russian fans, who also clashed with England followers inside the Stade Vélodrome.

Another incident involving Russian football fans came before their country’s second group match with Slovakia.

French policemen stopped a bus carrying more than 43 supporters travelling from Marseille to Lille.

This included three men who were subsequently charged, all of whom were reportedly leading members of a group called the Russian Fans' Union.

Russian officials including Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov have downplayed the risk of crowd trouble during the World Cup.

A fan-ID service applicable for all those entering the country will also help reduce problems, it is hoped.

But other Russian officials have appeared less concerned about the prospect of hooliganism.

Russian Football Union (RFU) Board member and politician Igor Lebedev even proposed legalising hooliganism and turning it into a sport in a bid to curb the country's problems with football-related violence.

Lebedev, who congratulated Russian fans for their violent attacks on England supporters in Marseille during last year's European Championships in France, claimed organised brawls among football fans "could turn fans' aggression in a peaceful direction".