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Russian soccer official equates naked gays to Nazis

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"Would you like a World Cup where naked people are running around displaying their homosexuality?" he asks.

Italian soccer players, not naked and therefore presumably not gay, during a training session.
Italian soccer players, not naked and therefore presumably not gay, during a training session.
Marco Luzzani

Here we go again with another Russian sports official condemning gay people, this time from the head of the country's 2018 World Cup soccer group. Said Alexy Sorokin:

"Would you like a World Cup where naked people are running around displaying their homosexuality? The answer to that is quite obvious," he said.

"The Olympics and World Cup are not a stage for various views... not for Nazis, not for any other ways of life. It should be about football and nothing else."

I would bet that naked World Cup soccer would have a larger audience share than the clothed version, by the way. In the same article, Sorokin says there has been no contact from officials from FIFA, soccer's governing body, about how Russia's new ant-gay laws would affect the 2018 World Cup. I am not surprised since this is the same FIFA whose head told gay people to go back into the closet if they want to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

To recap, we have the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 World Cup in gay-unfriendly Russia and the 2022 World Cup in gay-unfriendly Qatar.

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