Gay people and minorities will feel "safe and comfortable" at this summer's World Cup in Russia, the tournament's anti-discrimination chief has said. And Alexei Smertin has dismissed fears over racism and homophobia towards fans as "propaganda". Earlier this year Russian club Spartak Moscow was sanctioned after referring to its black players as "chocolates". And Russian lawmakers have been criticised for a 2013 law targeting the promotion of homosexuality.
March 2 / BBC