FIFA Wants Russia to Clarify Law for Moscow World Cup
BY Michelle Garcia
August 14 2013 1:46 PM ET
The organization behind World Cup soccer is asking the Russian government for more information about the country's antigay propaganda law as the next World Cup tournament is scheduled to take place in Moscow.
FIFA officially enforces a "zero tolerance against discrimination" policy and punishes discrimination within its own organization with suspension or expulsion.
Officials with the soccer organization said, "Russia has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety" when the country placed its bid to host the tournament. "FIFA trusts that the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts will deliver on this promise," the organization said in a statement Wednesday.
FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter, serves with Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko on FIFA's 27-member executive board, according to the Associated Press. In July, Mutko promised the law would still be enforced for foreigners during the upcoming Winter Olympic games in Sochi.
In addition to the World Cup in 2018, Russia has been approved to host several international sporting events, such as the 2017 World Bobsleigh Championships and the World Track and Field Championships, currently under way in Moscow.