Controversial ex-player Smertin is racism in Russia studies
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Former player Alexei Smertin, who two years ago in an interview, denied that racism is a problem in the Russian football, is appointed to racism and discrimination in his homeland to investigate in the run-up to the world cup of 2018.
“I will do everything to racism and discrimination from football in my country,” said the 41-year-old Smertin Tuesday in a statement on the site of the Russian football union RFU.
“In the run-up to the Confederations Cup in 2017 and the world cup in 2018, Russia would, as the host country of both big tournaments, an example of tolerance on and off the field. And that we will absolutely go and see.”
Wereldvoetbalbond FIFA has in recent years repeatedly said that they are concerned about racism in Russia. In 2015, the report ‘Time for Action’ was published, which showed that between may 2012 and may 2014, more than two hundred racist incidents in Russian football.
In the same year gave birth to Smertin caused a sensation by in conversation with the BBC, the problems in his country to diminish.
“There is no racism in Russia, it does not exist”, said the ex-player of Girondins Bordeaux, Chelsea and Fulham at the time. “It’s like fashion; it comes from abroad, from other countries.”
According to Smertin had fans of Russian clubs “just for fun” bananas thrown at dark players.
The 55-fold international of Russia was already ambassador of the world cup of 2018, next year from 14 June to 15 July.