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    Russian MP Wants to Make Hooliganism a Sport

    He forgot the first rule of Fight Club. A Russian politician has floated the idea of legalizing controlled fights among soccer fans, using their aggression to create a whole new sport. Igor Lebedev, who’s also on the board of the Russian Football Union, has even drafted prospective rules for the fights: Two teams of 20 unarmed fans brawling in an enclosed venue. Following bloody clashes between Russian and English fans at Euro 2016, hooliganism remains a hot topic as Russia prepares to host the World Cup in summer 2018.

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