The logo of the 2018 Russia World Cup has been unveiled from the International Space Station. The reveal of this logo happens with controversy, as several campaigns have asked the competition to be moved outside the country; first due to its anti-gay laws, then to its racism, and now to its role in Ukraine.
As Daily Mail reports, David Cameron, among other European officials, will include into the symbolic policies to isolate Russia if it doesn’t end Crimea’s conflict. As reported by The Guardian, Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s president, guarantees that Russia and Ukraine will be kept apart during the tournament.
Manchester City’s player, Yaya Toure, issued a complaint about the racist chanting some CSKA fans directed to him. As read in the BBC, as a result of said incident, UEFA has ordered the partial closure of CSKA stadium in Moscow during its next Champions League.
Gay rights groups expressed deep concerns about FIFA’s decision of having the World Cup hosted in 2018 in Russia and in 2022 in Qatar, as Pinknews reported, given that both countries have a strict legislation against LGBTQA+ rights (in Qatar homosexuality is illegal, while in Russia ‘gay propaganda’ can be punishable by jail).
In a statement, football’s governing organization clarified that Russia “has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety” during the tournament. FIFA later added that its statutes dictate that there is “zero tolerance against discrimination”.