Alexey Smertin became FUR Inspector on Fighting Racism


The Football Union of Russia would like to announce about the appointment of Alexey Smertin, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ambassador and famous former player of the Russian National team to the position of FUR Inspector on Fighting Racism and Discrimination in Football.

The position is permanent within FUR staff pattern. On 15 March at the meeting in FIFA Headquarters Alexey Smertin will present the program of activities planned to be implemented in this connection in Russia in near future.

«It is the appointment of utmost importance and responsibility to me. I will do my best in order there would not be place to racism and discrimination in football history of my country. We shall not forget that Russia is a multinational country in which about two hundred nationalities get along well every day. And those episodes of intolerance to racial differences that occur in football world is a big international problem. I can speak about it confidently as beside Russia I used to play for professional football clubs of France and England. Ahead to FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia as the host country of such major tournaments shall show the example of global tolerance both on the football pitch and beyond it. And we will do it for sure!» - said Alexey Smertin to FUR official website.