Russia signals rainbow flags tolerated at World Cup

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first_imgView comments “There will definitely be no ban on wearing rainbow symbols in Russia. It’s clear you can come here and not be fined for expressing feelings,” Smertin said at a news conference in Moscow to discuss race and discrimination issues in football.The former Russia and Chelsea midfielder added it’s unlikely gay fans could fall foul of Russian law, saying, “The law is about propaganda to minors … I can’t imagine that anyone is going to go into a school and speak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis remarks were welcomed by the FARE network, which advises FIFA on discrimination issues.“He’s giving some reassurances and I think in the end that’s all that people want,” FARE executive director Piara Powar told The Associated Press. “People want to know that they can come here safely, that they will be protected, that they are wanted.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny A signpost directing people to the entrance of the World Cup Final Draw is placed on the Red Square, with the St. Basil cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The Final Draw for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia will take place on December 1 in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Spectators will be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup, Russia’s top anti-discrimination official for soccer indicated on Thursday.Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union official and a World Cup ambassador, said spectators won’t be affected by a Russian law prohibiting “propaganda” of homosexuality to minors.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong. Russia passed a federal law banning so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in 2013, which has been widely criticized for banning gay pride events or discussions of gay rights in public spaces where children might possibly be present.Ahead of Russia hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said gay people would be welcome in Sochi but must “leave the children in peace.”In the first major court battle for gay activists who have contested the law, the European Court of Human Rights in June found in favor of three Russian gay activists who claimed the law violated the rights to freedom of expression and prohibition of discrimination. The plaintiffs had been repeatedly rejected in attempts to get official permission to host gay rights protests and other events.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cavs’ Shumpert to have arthroscopic surgery on left knee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img



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