What They're Saying: Russia 2018 ambassador Alexei Smertin

"There's no racism in Russia because it does not exist."

-- Former Russia national team captain Alexei Smertin, the Russia 2018 World Cup organizing committee's lead ambassador, even though anti-discrimination group Fare documented over 100 incidents of racist and discriminatory behaviour linked to Russian soccer over two seasons. (BBC Sport
4 comments about "What They're Saying: Russia 2018 ambassador Alexei Smertin".
  1. aaron dutch, September 19, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.

    Russians are gone, the world cup will be a horror show. They are racist, bad people who hate anyone that is not Russian.

  2. Raymond Weigand, September 21, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.

    These folks are clever in their use of language ... the follow up question should have been related to their understanding of the definition of racism.

  3. Santiago 1314, September 21, 2015 at 1:33 p.m.

    And they don't have any Troops in Ukraine either!!!..nudge, nudge...

  4. Glenn Maddock, September 21, 2015 at 8:45 p.m.

    It's sad Russia was awarded the Cup, as it will be propaganda for their racist, bigoted country. But only totalitarian countries like China, etc, can afford these huge events anymore.

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