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Racism in Russia must change before World Cup

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There is no doubt that being named host of the World Cup finals is an honour to any country that is given the go-ahead.

A chance to show the entire world what your country can do, and also a opportunity to give the economy a boost with visitors coming from all corners of the globe to follow their nation. A chance for all cultures to unite with a common adoration for the beautiful game.

Russia, the hosts of the 2018 World Cup Finals have been under a lot of scrutiny due to the fact that fans of their domestic football teams are consistently performing 'monkey chants' to not only black opposition players, but their own as well.

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This alone demonstrates how it is not hatred towards the opposition clubs that is igniting such shocking behaviour, but hatred towards an entire race. Something that is just not acceptable under any circumstances.

The general feeling surrounding Russia hosting the World Cup seems to be that it simply can't go ahead. Just this week Emmanuel Frimpong has been on the receiving end of racial abuse during a domestic match, and was dismissed from the pitch because of his reaction.

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Despite this receiving attention in the footballing world, imagine this tenfold as millions of people tune in to watch the World Cup and are instead shown racial abuse to their nations sporting heroes in the form of chants, actions and even flags.

Surely it cannot go ahead? It was only last year that FIFA deemed the level of racism in Russia; 'totally unacceptable' for a country hosting this fantastic tournament.

But this racist attitude stretches from the country into the game itself, with coaches from domestic clubs referring to black players as 'things' rather than people. Fifa really hit the nail on the head when they said 'totally unacceptable'.

Despite all this criticism the Russian Football Union insist that it is being taken care of. There has been laws in place since 2013 to attempt to suppress the racist behaviour in football grounds, but if it was being 'taken care of' then surely we would see some improvement?

The bottom line here is that no matter how many laws you put in place you simply cannot change the opinion of millions of people. Especially in three short years before the finals take place.

It is ultimately down to FIFA to decide.

I'm sure they are carrying out everything required to by the book, but what it all boils down to is that laws and the odd arrest here and there will not prevent these racists being heard throughout the world when it comes to match day. 

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