40% of Russians think LGBT people would risk if appear at World Cup matches

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Four in 10 Russians think that LGBT fans would probably be abused verbally and physically by the locals if they arrive to the country which hosts the FIFA world cup this year. The build-up to this summer’s tournament has been overshadowed by fears that foreign supporters will be discriminated against. According to a study commissioned by Bonus Code Bets, 39 percent said it was likely that someone would attack foreign LGBT people during the competition, which begins in June. Worryingly, the age group containing the highest percentage of people who thought an attack was “highly likely” was 16 to 24-year-olds. We are noting that these people did not say that they would attack or abuse LGBT people. They just know the rules of the society they are forced to live in, and maybe they even were the victims of abuse themselves. In Rostov-on-Don, which will host Brazil v Switzerland and Uruguay v Saudi Arabia in the first week of the tournament, 47 percent of people expected an attack on LGBT people. Of those polled, 24 percent said that the concept of LGBT people made them feel “irritated” or “cautious”. It still does not mean that they would attack, but it clearly shows how uneducated people are about the concept of LGBT.

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