MOSCOW, June 8 (Sputnik) - The UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee expressed concerns in a report published on Friday over the security of the UK fans, who are planning to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches in Russia.
According to the report published on the UK Parliament's official website, the UK fans traveling to Russia for the World Cup, face the risks of racist and homophobic intimidation and violence from hooligans.
The committee expects up to 10,000 UK nationals to go to the World Cup in Russia and has expressed particular concern over the safety of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and LGBT fans.
"MPs remain particularly concerned about safe passage for BAME and LGBT football fans who already face additional risks of attack and persecution in a country whose government has taken 'little action to combat homophobia'," the committee said in a statement published on the website.
On Thursday, British Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow said that the United Kingdom continued cooperating with Russia in regards to fan safety at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The ambassador spoke after the UK Home Office and the Russian Interior Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding on police cooperation during the tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.
England will take on Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18 before facing Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and playing Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28 in their Group G matches.