Following the release of research by Fare Network and Sova Center, which reveals a spike in racist and homophobic chanting in Russia for the 2017/18 season, Kick It Out has released a statement.


The statement reads: “Ahead of the World Cup, Kick It Out is concerned at the latest research produced by Fare Network and Sova Center, which reveals a spike in racist and homophobic chanting in Russia for the 2017/18 season.

“Equally worrying is the continued punishment of players and coaches who react to being abused by racist chants, whilst perpetrators avoid serious action.

“Kick It Out has consistently argued that a lack of effective action from FIFA against discrimination in Russian football will leave BAME and LGBT supporters, players and staff vulnerable to abuse this summer.

“Fare's report provides clear evidence of the continued failings of the Russian Football Union to deal effectively with the issue and offers a reminder for FIFA that if necessary, it must be prepared to step in and take action to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance at the World Cup, regardless of background.

“Likewise, The Football Association must ensure that supporters, staff, players and their friends and family are all provided with the relevant support and information to respond to any incidents of discrimination that occur.

“We would encourage any English supporter attending the tournament to follow Foreign Office travel advice for Russia, as well as to download Fare's brand new ‘Diversity Guide’ which is available at DiversityGuide2018.com and provides vital information on the do’s and don’ts of all 11 host cities.

"Supporters can also make use of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Fan Embassy in Russia, as well as downloading their Free Lions Fans’ Guide here.

“Incidents of discrimination involving English players or supporters at the tournament can be reported to Kick It Out through its normal channels, but for more immediate on-the-ground support, the organisation would encourage you to report to Fare via their new WhatsApp emergency hotline number – + 7 916 948 11 08.”