Gay World Cup fan left with brain injuries after brutal attack
A gay football fan has been hospitalised in Russia after a vicious attack ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
There have long been fears of violence against LGBT people travelling to the country for the tournament – which starts on June 14 – with the Government directing fans to advice telling them to hide their sexuality in public.
LGBT activist group Pride in Football also revealed that it had been sent death threats saying that any gay fans going to the World Cup would be hunted down and stabbed.
And it appears that these fears have been realised, with reports indicating that a gay couple – who had travelled to Russia to cheer on France – have been beaten in St Petersburg.
The pair were targeted after catching a taxi together, according to Telegram channel Operdrain, which reports news from police and other law agencies straight from the source.
The main victim, named as O. Davrius, was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered that he had a brain contusion and open craniocerebral injury, as well as an upper jaw fracture.
The victims’ telephones and money were also taken during the horrific incident.
Two men in their 20s were arrested in connection with the attack. They were named as Ismet Gaidarov and Rasul Magomedov.
The news of the vicious beating comes the day after Russian gay rights activist Anton Krasovsky said that LGBT football fans were in danger at the World Cup.
He said: “Don’t take a stand in public. It’s not safe.”
To drive this point home, members of the Cossack Russian militia have said they will patrol a number of World Cup games to help police prevent gay men from kissing.
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