Homophobiaa U. But there is still plenty of work to be done before the sport can eradicate these social problems. Assuming that Russia swallows these costs, virtually all of the money received from ticket sales, sponsorship, and tourism will be profit. In fact, the practice was in place fromor 43 years.
The good news is that the World Cup is still four years away. During the games, the infamous members of Pussy Riot were the most prominent to be beaten by Cossacks with horse whips after attempting to perform a song beneath an advertisement for the Sochi Olympics. FIFA has a responsibility to tackle this not just within its own teams, but within soccer in general. All Rights Reserved.
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Add your voice, the petition, and spread the word with fifa He lives in the United Kingdom. Football v. But a new campaign is attempting to raise 1 million atures to demand FIFA take action against Russia.
Latest News Transgender. The same should be said in to Qatar, the following host of the World Cup. Stephen Fry and George Takei vehemently endorsed the petition, which garneredatures in just a few short days. Putin would have no choice but to listen to the rest of the world and reconsider his approach to LGBTQ and other encompassing human rights in order to maintain a competitive standing in foreign markets.
Criminalizing the distribution of "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors effectively made it illegal to suggest that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships or to distribute material on gay rights. Since this law passed, and despite promises of safety to athletes and tourists, official arrests have taken place — but no promises were made to Russia's own citizens.
Subscribe To The Advocate. Russia is building its economy on projected income from both the Olympics, as well as the upcoming World Cup in In contrast, apartheid in South Africa lasted more than four decades, and economic sanctions proved useful in the fight against racial oppression. We regret the error.
With ample time, the organization that governs a different international sporting event — World Cup soccer — can ditch Russia and Qatar for more inclusive host countries.
This organization has an opportunity to come forward to support the most basic of human rights by withdrawing any and all support to such infringements. The Winter Olympics have come and gone, and the lasting legacy of those games will be that they played out amid the specter of Russia's anti-LGBT law, sanctioned by President Vladimir Putin and enforced by public opinion.
Soccer is already rife with homophobia and racism. Scroll To Top. Tags: CommentaryRussia. Sadly, due to time constraints, it was inevitable the games would go on.
More terrifyingly, militia groups such as Occupy Pedophilia have sprung up across the country, believing they now have the right to torture and even murder people they believe to be gay. Search form Search. The leading body in soccer should in no way accept any country that blatantly oppresses others.