World Cup marred by "significant" sexism outside the stadium

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

When asked what Fifa could do to tackle this, the federation's diversity boss Federico Addiechi said it had been working with the local organisers and Russian police to identify these fans and, when appropriate, they had lost their Fan-IDs and been forced to leave the country.

"FIFA will take action against things that are wrong - we've done it with individual broadcasters".

He also revealed that the group has come across more than 30 cases of Russian women being "accosted" in the streets by male fans.

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Among the glamorous fans attracting attention are former porn star Natalya Nemchinova, named as Russia's hottest World Cup fan, along with wives and girlfriends of footballers playing for England, Croatia and France.

It is common practice for broadcasters to pick attractive female fans from the crowd and zoom in on them during cutaways.

Still, FIFA did impose fines during the tournament on soccer federations including Serbia, Russia and Poland for racist, nationalist and offensive banners displayed by fans at games.

The testing program, described as "the largest ever conducted for a World Cup", involved more than 1,500 players whom Federation Internationale de Football Association marked as potential World Cup participants during the qualifying campaign.

During Russia 2018 photographic agency Getty Images published a photo gallery of "the hottest fans at the World Cup" featuring exclusively young women.

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