World Cup atmosphere has been festive so far, but concerns persist about how seriously officials take problem

The potential for racism during the World Cup has been one of the most pained issues in the build-up to the tournament, with the track record of Russian crowds worrying many players. England’s Danny Rose has told his family not to travel to Russia to watch him play, citing fears for their safety.

Russian football officials, on the other hand, believe their country has been unfairly smeared as racist by western media and players. But no amount of obfuscation can hide the fact that the game in Russia has a longstanding problem with racist chants and taunts, as well as a history of officials dismissing racism allegations out of hand.

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