FIFA Warns Gays Of Potential Violence At World Cup: Stay On Alert For Aggression From Intolerant Russians

The Associated Press reports:

FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals. As fans prepare their trips after Friday’s World Cup draw, the FARE network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared for in Russia.

“The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community,” FARE executive director Piara Powar said. “If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so? That depends on which city they are in and the time of day.

FARE, which monitors FIFA fixtures for discriminatory behavior, said it is unclear whether fans will be allowed to display rainbow flags inside stadiums. “British and German fans’ groups have asked FIFA if they are OK to raise a rainbow flag inside the stadium,” Powar said. “FIFA has not really responded so far to say if this is something the security services will allow.”

  • Natty Enquirer

    If you have to warn your customers about the hostile natives, why are you going there in the first place?

    • HoneyBoySmith

      A-fucking-men, brother.

    • dafs
    • Todd20036

      The same reason I won’t be watching the Olympics much anymore.

      It’s obvious they don’t give a shit about us.

      • Tawreos

        I would say the same, but I have a thing for athletes in spandex and speedos

      • They never did. If there was ever a time when the Olympic Committee wasn’t openly taking bribes, it was long before my time (and I remember the Munich Games!).

    • james1200

      It’s like those American idiots who go backpacking in the mountains of Iran and then are shocked, shocked! when they’re arrested and our govt has to spend time and resources to bail their ass out. You’ve heard of white privilege, this kind of thing is American privilege, our hubris, on display for the world to see.

      • Snarkaholic

        I won’t travel to any country where the laws/citizens are hostile to gays…
        …nor to any country that treats women like shit.

        • james1200

          Yup. And shame on the celebs, all of them, that vacation in places like Abu Dhabi. Shame on movies like Sex and the City 2 for making that regressive, anti-woman, anti-gay hellhole look like paradise (it’s my own fault for watching that garbage last night, lol).

          • FAEN

            That was such a terrible movie! Sad that they ended it on that note.

          • james1200

            Kim Catrell didn’t think she was getting enough $$ to do a third movie. They should have just killed Samantha Jones off and gone ahead with it anyway.

          • FAEN

            Was that the issue? I thought it was because Kim had moved on from that character. As she said-“I’m 60 now.”

            They still might kill her off btw and have a final movie.

          • james1200

            She and Sarah Jessica Parker never got along, plus I believe Parker got paid more because she’s also a producer on SATC, which has always bothered Kim.

          • tempus

            Parker got paid more from the get-go because she brown-nosed the original producers, among other things. What always bothered Cattrall was Parker’s bitchy jealousy of a prettier, sexier, funnier, vastly superior actress over the fact that Cattrall’s superiority on every point stole Parker’s spotlight.

          • james1200

            Kim, is that you?

          • tempus

            Sally sweetie, there’s a restraining order against you 🙂

          • tempus

            Kim Cattrall had had more than enough of Sarah Jessica Parker’s bitchiness, her incompetence as an actress, and her ugly little maneuverings to get Cattrall fired.

          • PDQ

            Some speculate that certain celebrities are going there to work – “entertaining” wealthy middle eastern men. And I’m not just talking female celebrities either.

        • liondon#iamnotatraitor

          There goes my trip to Alabama….

      • FAEN

        Or the idiotic young Xtian women who went to Afghanistan during the war to spread Xtian brainwashing materials and then were shocked when the Afghanis put them in a cell. And of course the military had to rescue them.

        Fucking morons!

        • Bj Lincoln

          I have never had any sympathy for missionaries. They put themselves in position to be harassed, killed or arrested then act like they are shocked and expect the US government to bail them out. Screw them.

          • JDS

            Don’t forget being ate by the natives.

      • tempus

        It is in no way comparable other than that both situations display sociopathic and atavistic hatred for strangers/anyone who might differ in any way from the fascist dictates of the TRIBE. A public display of affection or the desire to see anything other than tourist traps is just *slightly* different than the long history of US triumphalism, ‘nation-building,’ wars for oil, and murderous interference in other countries.
        So, according to you, in 2017, refusing to cower in fear, to lie, to hide our identities as if it were the Fifties is now ‘hubris’ and privilege? Unreal.

    • crewman

      If they had a policy of not going places where all fans would not be safe, it would put pressure on countries that want the prestige and money of hosting to improve their social/humanitarian conditions. Same with the Olympics.

    • I don’t know, but I’m guessing it involves rubles, vodka, prostitutes, and Kompromat… in other words, the same way we ended up with Trump,

    • Yeah, I feel like if I were a soccer fan I’d probably just watch this on TV.

    • Bambino

      Better question, how many countries with gay rights will participate in this Fucking Intolerable Football Assholes of a game?

      • gaycuckhubby

        All of them (that qualified)
        The USA embarrassingly was not able to qualify

        • David Walker

          Embarrassingly, yes…but also thankfully. As much as I like soccer/football, I don’t know that I’ll be watching it very much, unless something manages to change my opinion re: Russia. I will not be part of the ratings.

        • William

          Italy flunked out too.

          • prixator

            Canada, too! [snicker – we only have made it once to the WC and that was back in 1986.]

    • ChiTownGuy

      Because criminals are soul mates.

    • iLoveEggplant

      Gays and supporters of gays should just walk away….,this is more powerful than anything else…

  • bkmn

    I would like to know how much money FIFA has taken from Russia to hold the games there.

  • David

    Better idea, visit a country that isn’t crazy and intolerant and watch on tv.

  • Blake Jordan

    How was Russia not instantly disqualified from even applying to host!?!?!?

    • Leo

      $$$. It’s FIFA. The same FIFA where multiple officials were convicted in a bribery scheme and a former official assaulted Hope Solo. That FIFA. Let’s not act new.

      • The same FIFA where multiple officials were convicted in a bribery scheme…

        So, what you’re saying is that they were getting…kickbacks? :p

    • Bluto

      Money or gays, hmmmm……

  • Harveyrabbit

    “That depends on which city they are in and the time of day.”

    So every city in Russia from 0001 to 2400 hours.

  • Leo

    FIFA has anti-discrimination advisors? They’re making this statement to pretend that there’s actual gay soccer fans that WANT to BE in Russia right now or don’t care. If there are any as they claim I’d love to meet them.

  • Tawreos

    If all of your fans would not be safe in a country then you should not be holding events in that country.

  • Tatonka

    wtf is up with that logo? Is this year’s theme “A Salute to Brain Tumors”?

  • JoeMyGod

    For what it’s worth, FIFA has been pretty aggressive in fining teams when their fans issue the anti-gay “puto” chant. They’ve also fined German teams for Nazi chants.

    • I.Smith

      FIFA fined England more for wearing Poppies to mark Armistice day. I see the fines as little more than a PR move and nothing serious to do with stopping discrimination.

    • ChrisMorley

      FIFA could also order games to be held ‘behind closed doors’ (without spectators) as punishment for serious fan misbehaviour, but they haven’t used these rules at World Cup games, unlike in other competitions.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behind_closed_doors_(sport)

  • Todd20036

    FIFA: modeling the Olympics as far as human rights is concerned.

    Money trumps your own fucking ideals.

  • another_steve

    I dunno…I thought most soccer fans are thugs to begin with. So is this news?

    (sorry for the gross stereotyping…i’m in a mood…)

    • gaycuckhubby

      Hey! I live for two things, gay sex and soccer. 😉

  • Ninja0980

    Just a theory but if a place is so dangerous you have to warn folks about it, maybe you shouldn’t hold games there.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Exactly.

  • safari

    O/T: So. What I’d miss that required this to be posted?
    https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/935904291226832897

  • edrex

    fucking boycott any event held in russia!

  • gaycuckhubby

    You stupid fucks knew what you were getting into when you awarded Russia the Cup.
    Also Russia soccer fans have a long history of throwing bananas at black players. And just wait till the next World Cup.
    it’s being held in Qatar

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe don’t choose Russia to host it?

  • Do Something Nice

    And FIFA should be held responsible if any gay man is beaten or killed. They chose a homophobic country and they also chose Qatar for 2022.

    That bullshit needs to stop.

  • The_Wretched

    The logo looks like some sort of larval Cthulhu spawn.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I thought it looks like some wild mushroom from the 70’s.

  • So they are warning gay fans about any place not welcoming to gay people…like the whole fucking country of Russia???

  • Guess

    You probably won’t wanna hang out at World Cup 2022, either.

  • Bambino

    Fi-Fa-Fo-Fum
    I smell the blood of many gays….

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’m assuming African fans can’t be guaranteed of their safety either, seeing as many cities are overrun by neo-nazis in Russia

  • Adam Stevens

    “The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community.”

    So, like, planet earth?

  • gaycuckhubby

    Slightly off topic, it looks like the Russian Federation will not be able to participate in the Winter Olympics in a couple months because of a doping scandal

  • Joseph Miceli

    I must have missed where gangs of violent homosexual youth roam the Russian countryside, ass raping Slavic Neo Nazis.
    Hmmm, come to think of it, that might make a nice vacation package.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    ..or FIFA could have thought about that before awarding Russia the hosting duties…oh right…Russian Oligarchs have money…never mind.

    • William

      Russian oligarchs know the best hookers and provide them for free!

  • Cackalaquiano

    Jesus FIFA. Maybe don’t award these games to places where subsets of visitors need to be warned to “behave” to stay safe.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Fifa or not. Who in hell would voluntarily go to Russia?

    Such a nice place..

  • RLK2

    Why would any gay person spend their money on Russians?

  • Charlie In SF

    One more reason to hate soccer

  • chrisinphx

    Why the fuck are they having it there?

  • Steve Morrison

    BOYCOTT THE FUCKING GAMES!

  • Pip

    Why not just fix this by moving the damned games to another country?

  • andrew

    The FIFA will be responsible for any harm that comes to athletes at the 2018 World Cup games that they have scheduled to hold in Russia, the most backward nation in Europe.

  • ECarpenter

    All the male fans should hold hands with their mates – why not? The bigger and burlier the better. It’s giving two fingers to Russia, how can they not enjoy doing that?

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Is this really a warning? I see it more as a message to Russian soccer fans: “Please don’t be bigoted and violent (wink wink).”

  • alguien

    if they perceive that there will violence against a number of their attendees, then why hold it in russia at all?

    the very fact that they feel the need to issue a notice like that should disqualify any country from hosting.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      Why hold it in Russia? Because Putin and his cronies ponied up hundreds of millions of rubles and bought it.