Meeting place for football fans to celebrate diversity

In the madness the game of football generates, fans often indulge in racist and anti-gay chants. Anticipating a surge in this bad behaviour during the World Cup, an international sports anti-discrimination network is planning to offer a community centre for football fans belonging to ethnic and sexual minorities in Moscow and St. Petersburg during the FIFA World Cup on Thursday (June 14), Moscow Times reports. The Football against Racism in Europe (FARE) says the centre called Diversity House will serve as a “safe place to celebrate diversity and meet people using football to create awareness and change”. Visitors will be able to meet Russian-based supporters, watch World Cup matches and take part in discussions. Besides this, the FARE has launched an emergency hotline and a guide for LGBT community and ethnic minorities coming to Russia to watch the World Cup.  FIFA will be using an anti-discrimination monitoring system at each match. Russia, which wants to make this one of the most well organised World Cups, has vowed to crack down on racist and anti-gay chanting.