A fan waves an flag of Argentina on the eve of the Group D 2018 World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iceland at the entrance of the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

World Cup fans upset at barriers on Red Square

June 16, 2018 - 3:10 am

MOSCOW (AP) — While fans from around the world are singing and celebrating the World Cup on Moscow's streets, they can't go to the most famous place in the Russian capital — Red Square.

Barriers staffed by police officers have blocked off the square for several days, with authorities citing the need to build and dismantle stages for a national holiday and a World Cup-themed opera performance last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mexico supporter Cesar Reyes, peering past the barriers, says "it's a real shame it's closed because it's one of the best places to visit when you're in Moscow. It's a real shame that people will miss it because it's closed for special event and there's no opportunity to appreciate this building."

Russian police have closed off a number of roads and other areas for security reasons over recent days. It's unclear when the square will be reopened.

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