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World Cup: Fears over potential of racism in Russia

RACISM IN RUSSIA: Ashley Young says his family and friends are not put off from travelling to see him play

CONCERNS HAVE been expressed about possible racist abuse at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Some fear that the occurrence of racist incidents could taint the football tournament.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young said: "Hopefully FIFA, if anything is to come about, they will be able to deal with it.

"Whether it's going to happen, whether you are on the pitch, I'm not sure how you react to it.

"I'm sure we'll talk about it and we have talked about it, in the squad, in what to do and what not to do."

Young said that the potential of experiencing racism has not deterred his friends and family’s plans to travel to Russia to support him and his teammates.

"It hasn't put them off. It's a World Cup, my first one - of course family and friends want to go to it."

Players including Paul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder, and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele were subjected to racist chants during a Russia v France match in March. France beat the World Cup hosts 3-1.

The match took place at Krestovsky Stadium, one of the venues for the World Cup this summer.

FIFA fined Russia 30,000 Swiss francs (£22,000) after an investigation noted “the gravity of the incident”.

England’s World Cup campaign begins with a fixture against Tunisia on June 18. Prior to that, the squad will face Nigeria and Costa Rica in two warm up games.

The 2018 World Cup starts in Russia on June 14.

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