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Racist and anti-gay chants increase in Russia ahead of World Cup

Nineteen incidents of abusive chants were recorded over the football season.

Racist and anti-gay chants have become more common in Russian football as the country prepares to host the World Cup, even as overall incidents of discrimination declined.

Nineteen incidents of abusive chants were recorded this season, according to an annual report from the anti-discrimination Fare Network and the Moscow-based Sova Centre. That compares to two cases the season before, and 10 the year before that.

General incidents of discrimination were down, the report found (AP)

Victims included players from the French national team, who were targeted with monkey chants during a game against Russia in March, and Liverpool youth player Bobby Adekanye, who was racially abused by Spartak Moscow supporters.

Russian national team goalkeeper Guilherme Marinato, a naturalised citizen who was born in Brazil, was twice targeted by Spartak fans calling him a monkey.

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