Rus­sian racist chants in­crease

Western Mail - - UK & WORLD NEWS -

RACIST and anti-gay chants have be­come more com­mon in Rus­sian foot­ball as the country pre­pares to host the World Cup, even as over­all in­ci­dents of dis­crim­i­na­tion de­clined.

Nine­teen in­ci­dents of abusive chants were recorded this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to an an­nual re­port from the anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion Fare Net­work and the Moscow-based Sova Cen­tre. That com­pares to two cases the sea­son be­fore, and 10 the year be­fore that.

Victims in­cluded play­ers from the French na­tional team, who were tar­geted with mon­key chants dur­ing a game against Russia in March, and Liver­pool youth player Bobby Adekanye, who was racially abused by Spar­tak Moscow sup­port­ers.

Rus­sian na­tional team goal­keeper Guil­herme Mar­i­nato, a nat­u­ralised cit­i­zen who was born in Brazil, was twice tar­geted by Spar­tak fans call­ing him a mon­key.

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