FIFA statement on Russia

In the context of the adoption of the federal law 'on prohibition of propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' in Russia, FIFA has asked the Russian authorities for clarification and more details on this new law.

The FIFA Statutes (Article 3) as well as the FIFA Code of Conduct, which defines the most important values and principles for behavior and conduct in the world of football, foresee zero tolerance against discrimination based, among other, on sexual orientation.

FIFA expects that all guests in a FIFA World Cup™ host country, whether they are fans, players, officials or media, experience a great FIFA World Cup irrespective of their sexual orientation.

FIFA is firmly convinced that the staging of the FIFA World Cup can contribute to uniting people and having a positive social impact. Russia has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety. FIFA trusts that the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts will deliver on this promise.

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