World Cup 2018: Alexei Smertin says gay people and minorities will feel safe in Russia

Gay people and minorities will feel “safe and comfortable” at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, the tournament’s anti-discrimination chief has said.

And Alexei Smertin has dismissed fears over racism and homophobia towards fans as “propaganda”.

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But Smertin said: “Of course there are a minority who are quite aggressive against this but if you are talking about showing feelings, if you are talking about rainbow flags, it won’t be prohibited in Russia during World Cup or afterwards.

To learn more about LGBTI inclusivity/ exclusivity in Russia, check out BBC.

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