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Hooligan, terror risk pushed up Russia World Cup insurance premiums

Reuters  |  LONDON 

By Carolyn Cohn, Simon Jessop and Noor Zainab Hussain

LONDON (Reuters) - The risk of terror attacks and damage from hooligans has pushed up premiums for businesses and players buying for in compared to the previous event in Brazil, brokers and insurers say.

The insured value of the event is over $10 billion, they estimate. Premiums against terror attacks are around 10 percent higher than the last in 2014 or previous World Cups.

Stadium owners, ticketing agents, catering companies and players are among those insuring against risks that also include cancellation, kidnap, cyber attacks and personal injury.

Insurers were encouraged by Russia's trouble-free Winter in 2014 in Sochi but the country is embroiled in conflicts that have increased the risk of an attack.

"The biggest concerns are terror risk, war risk, the event not happening or a match being moved from one stadium to another - this one is more likely," said broker Integro's of sporting events, contingency & He said that "premium...is hardening, slightly".

has backed Syrian Bashar al-Assad's war effort which has angered rebel groups such as Islamic State, and has also fought internal wars with separatists in the mainly Muslim republic of

Two other insurers told that premiums had risen.

is at insurer AEGIS London, which has provided cover for the tournament's stadiums along with other Lloyd's underwriters such as

"The perceived terrorism risk in is considerably higher than Brazil," he said.

"I'd estimate this balances out at the Russia (premiums) being about 10 percent higher than "

Michael Furtschegger, of entertainment international at Allianz, also said premiums for policies covering hooliganism and terror attacks were "probably higher" than for some previous World Cups.

The success of the Sochi and strong competition among insurers has kept the rise in premiums lower than it might have otherwise been, they said.

ACTIVE SHOOTER POLICIES

Insurer estimates that the event is insured for more than $10 billion across organisations including stadiums, hospitality firms, TV companies and the clubs.

The twelve stadiums, from in the east to in the north, Kaliningrad in the west and Sochi in the south, are insured for physical damage to a sum of around $1 billion. A further $250 million is for terrorism liability and $100 million is for active shooter policies.

Demand for active shooter policies, which include attacks using vehicles or knives, has risen compared with Brazil, said Chris Parker, of political violence, at

Lockwood said premiums against terror attacks were less than 0.5 percent of the sum insured, cheaper than for Sochi. That means for every $1 million of cover, policyholders would be paying $5,000 in premium.

is set to deploy thousands of security personnel to protect the stadiums in a "ring of steel" so Lockwood said any attacks could focus on easier-to-reach targets.

For that reason, Lockwood said AEGIS was not underwriting cover for airports, railway stations or the

The risk to critical infrastructure is perceived to have increased in the last few years, said Duncan Fraser,

"When you place your policy two or three years before, it's a different risk profile than it is now. I think if you are looking at it now, there is a perceived increased risk," Fraser said. "They'll be paying far higher pricing in my mind."

Beazley estimated that the hospitality industry was insured for $500 million against the risk of event cancellation, with a further $150 million of insurance linked to World Cup-related sales promotions.

Ticketing agencies may have insured against a cyber breach and clubs will likely have bought cover in case of injury and loss of income.

Organiser has paid $134 million for insurance for clubs whose players get injured.

estimates that the legs of forwards - the most valuable of all the players - have an average insurable value of more than 19 million pounds ($25.33 million).

($1 = 0.7502 pounds)

(Additional reporting by Suzanne Barlyn in New York; editing by Anna Willard)

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:19 IST
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