Russia to Allow Rainbow Flags at FIFA World Cup

In lieu of last week’s announcement that gay fans heading to the 2018 FIFA World Cup should not hold hands in public, Russia has said they will permit the waving of rainbow flags. Concerns have been raised by LGBT groups who feared for the safety of LGBT fans since Russia has an anti-gay propaganda law on the books. But the country has confirmed that displaying the rainbow flag will not violate the law as the gay propaganda law will not be in effect during the games. “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,” Alexei Smertin, a Russian Football Union official said at a news conference in Moscow to discuss race and discrimination issues in football.


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