Anti-Racism Inspector Aleksey Smertin Express Optimism About Upcoming Tournaments

In Bahrain for the 67th FIFA Congress, the Russian Football Union's inspector to combat racism and discrimination in football, Aleksey Smertin, took time out to meet leading members of the Irish community in the Gulf Kingdom. The former Chelsea, Portsmouth, Fulham player, and Russian national team captain, met with chairperson of Arabian Celts GFC Pat Kennedy and president of the Irish Society Janet Noone. Being a close friend of Irish football legend Damien Duff, whom he played together with … [Read more...]

We are Russia – United Against Discrimination

Today, March 21st, is the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21st 2017 is the day when Russian football took a leap forward and begun the drive to ensure that sports will be fight all forms of discrimination, in sports and society. It is a big though much needed task. The "We Are Russia Against Discrimination" #WeareRussia #AgainstDiscrimination project was launched, bringing together 3 driven entities. A project to fight Racism and … [Read more...]

CSKA Fans Fight Back – Interview With #CSKAFansAgainstRacism Campaign

CSKA Moscow’s ultras have long had a reputation for violent and racist behavior. Last season, the ultras drew unwanted attention to the Russian champions in the Champions League twice. First, they were caught yelling racial slurs at Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Touré, leading UEFA to punish them by closing the ultra’s stand in CSKA’s stadium Arena Khimki. Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE (Football Against Racism Europe), tried to convince UEFA to give CSKA a full … [Read more...]