Russia: From 2018 World Cup host to global pariah

Russia: From 2018 World Cup host to global pariah

“If Italy had qualified, many Russians would have supported them. Messi and Ronaldo are special cases: like everywhere else in the world, they have their own personal supporters here. Serbia’s popular, too, amongst our so-called ‘active football fans’ with close ties to Serb fans,” Mr Cherdantsev says.

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