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World Cup: England fans’ safety at risk in Russia, say MPs

MPs say Russia’s homophobic laws mean LGBT supporters could be at risk of violence

England football fans visiting Russia for the World Cup are at serious risk of homophobic, racist and anti-British attacks and have been offered only “vague reassurance” about their safety by the Foreign Office and police, MPs have warned.

The security risk will be greatest away from England qualifying matches or city centre fan zones, the foreign affairs select committee said in a report published on Friday. Anyone wearing the St George flag may be a target for attack, the MPs say.

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