Amid the World Cup euphoria a low-key but no less vital competition was played out in the shadow of the Kremlin

A few hours before England’s World Cup game against Colombia in Moscow, a very different series of football matches was under way on Red Square.

There was no penalty shootout drama but off the pitch the stakes for some of those involved were much higher. The five-a-side tournament, held just outside the walls of the Kremlin, pitted teams of refugees against each other, and was meant both as a celebration of diversity through football and as a message to the Kremlin over Russia’s restrictive asylum policy.

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