FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay football fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from bigots.
As fans prepare their trips after tomorrow’s World Cup draw, the Fare network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared for in Russia.
“The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community,” Fare executive director Piara Powar said.
“If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so? That depends on which city they are in and the time of day.
“The guide will also include some detailed explanations of for example the actual situation of the LGBT community in Russia.
“It is not a crime to be gay but there is a law against the promotion of homosexuality to minors.”