The question is one swirling in FIFA since Manchester City's Yaya Touré accused Russian fans of racism above and beyond usual crap seen throughout Europe in varying degrees. In the opinion of the column's author Paul Wilson
Fifa need to be seen to be doing something about it. Like telling Russia that it is not too late to stage the World Cup somewhere else if civilised standards of spectator behaviour cannot be arranged.
He also makes good points about the homophobia in both Russia and the World Cup 2022 host Qatar:
Homosexuality is not only illegal, Qatar would actually like it to be punishable by execution.
FIFA's buyer's remorse in that case is pure crocodile tears, both of these Cups having been awarded under worst than usual circumstances of vote-rigging.