Now FIFA wants Russia to explain anti-gay law

Geneva: World football governing body FIFA has asked 2018 World Cup host Russia for "clarifications and more details" about a new anti-gay law.

The International Olympic Committee has already asked for clarifications about the law and insisted there must be no restrictions on athletes in Sochi next year when the Winter Olympics are held.

The law bans "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. It has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the Winter Olympics.

"FIFA has asked the Russian authorities for clarification and more details on this new law," FIFA said in a statement Tuesday.

"Russia has committed to provide all visitors and fans with a warm welcome and ensure their safety" during the month long tournament," FIFA said, adding that FIFA trusts that the 2018 hosts will deliver on this promise.


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