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Byline: IANDOYLE

SUCH has been the hoo-ha over Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup, attention has been taken away from the 2018 edition.

But the spotlight will be centred firmly on Russia next Saturday when the draw for the qualifying stage takes place.

And the news from Moscow is depressingly familiar. Former Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong, now with FC Ufa, was sent off for gesturing to Spartak Moscow fans who were racially abusing him during a match.

The response from Ufa general director Shamil Gazizov? "What Frimpong did was wrong. Sometimes you even have to hold back tears and just put up with it."

Blimey. With that level of insight, no wonder Russia is such a tolerant country.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2015
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