Russian football “hooligans” are sending death threats to English fans heading to the World Cup next month.
They have threatened to stab and harm homosexual World Cup followers who make the trip to Russia to watch the team play, it has been revealed.
Due to the serious nature of the threats Pride In Football – an alliance of LGBT football fan groups – reported the threats to the police.
The group has received emails telling them that fans from the LGBT community will be rooted out and attacked during Russia 2018.
“We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,” said Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader.
Last week the Football Supporters’ Federation – in collaboration with the Football Association, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – issued a guide advising LGBT fans heading to the tournament not to publicly display their sexuality.
FiFA the Fédération Internationale de Football Association which runs the Wolf cup has come under intense scrutiny of its choice of Russia to host the World Cup and many countries have issued strong travel warnings to fans who wish to visit the event