Paddy Power has stuck a finger up to Russia and raised £80k for LGBT+ charities

We’re all pretty concerned about how LGBT+ people are being taken care of at the World Cup.

While the safe house available for LGBT+ fans was shut down and some LGBT+ fans have already been attacked, it’s a more challenging environment than most to watch football.

But Paddy Power’s decision to play a bit of a blinder this tournament has put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Every time Russia scores during the tournament, the betting firm have agreed to donate £10,000 to an LGBT+ charity.

“Following the host’s first game against Saudi Arabia – where they netted five – it was announced that £10,000 of the money will fund 20 members of the LGBT+ community to become fully qualified referees,” the company announced.

“After just two games, Russia have scored EIGHT goals, meaning we are donating £80,000 to LGBT+ causes. And we’re far from done yet! #RainbowRussians ️‍ ” the betting firm tweeted.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has also done his bit to critique Russia’s stance on LGBT+ rights.

Peter Tatchell was arrested on the first day of the tournament for protesting the Chechnyan murders and persecution of gay people.

British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell stages an anti-Putin protest against the mistreatment of LGBT people in Russia (MAXIM ZMEYEV/AFP/Getty)

The human rights campaigner was released by police the next day.

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