2018 Expand As the World Cup in Russia looms, there is increased scrutiny of FIFA and the Russian FA’s ability to protect BAME and LGBT participants from discriminatory treatment in Russia. Kick It Out make a number of statements criticising FIFA’s insufficient fines for discrimination and failures to enforce the ‘three-step protocol’, which allows the referee to abandon the game following repeated discriminatory chanting from the crowd. Whilst the World Cup is a success and sees few incidents of racism or homophobia, there is a notable surge in sexist treatment of women at the tournament – both journalists and supporters. As May arrives, Kick It Out steps up its preparations for the organisation’s 25-year anniversary season, with a launch event taking place at Wembley – hosted in partnership with the Voice Newspaper, who are celebrating their 35-year anniversary, and The Football Association. Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary season kicks off with a range activity, as Lord Ouseley gives a series of interviews ahead of August 12 – the date in 1993 on which Kick It Out was founded as ‘Let’s Kick Racism in Football’. It is also announced that England’s fixture against Switzerland at the King Power Stadium in September will be the first ever international fixture dedicated to the work of Kick It Out. Later in the month, the organisation hosts Kick It Out Live in Stratford, bringing together people from all levels of football for an evening of drinks, live podcast recordings, speeches, panel discussions and a memorabilia exhibition.