A Russian priest has identified what he believes to be at the heart of all the ills of football.
Alexander Shumsky, writing on Russian People’s Line, a Christian website, called coloured football boots "a homosexual abomination" and that players who opted for red, orange, blue, yellow or green footwear were promoting a "gay rainbow."
Shumsky wrote: “Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the squad] might as well wear women’s knickers or a bra.
“The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I’m sure of it.
“Therefore I am glad that the Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination.”
Whether coloured boots were the primary reason for Russia's first round exit, or whether it was more down to poor management and playing performances, is currently unclear.
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