England fans at next year’s World Cup in Russia will be protected by four feet tall robot capable of spotting aggression and dealing with it.
After Russian hooligans brought havoc to the European football championships last year, Moscow has opted for a high-tech approach.
Known as AlanTim, the robot has been designed by the Moscow Technological Institute and its task will be to reassure fans attending the showpiece tournament.
It has been unveiled amid fears that Russian hooligans are preparing to unleash a wave of violence on visiting fans.
MailOnline reported that the robot is capable of detecting human emotion.
If it senses aggression, AlanTim will first try to defuse the sitation with “diplomatic conversation”.
If that fails the robot will contact the police who will adopt more conventional methods of dealing with the problem.
Speaking immaculate English, the robot tells fans: “I read on the internet that many English fans have doubts regarding the safety of visiting Russia. You have nothing to worry about, I will stand up personally for your protection.”
A spokesman for the MTI added: “AlanTim can recognise human emotions: if he notices aggression towards British guests, he will immediately contact the police. “Besides, the robot is able to hold a meaningful conversation and to resolve conflicts in a diplomatic way.”