Home Sports The Two Faces Of The World Cup

The Two Faces Of The World Cup

Glamorous Russians share stands with Saudi fans in veils just five months after the Arab women were first allowed to attend sports matches

217
0

Home and away female football fans contrasted enormously as they cheered their teams at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow during Russia’s demolition of Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup.

In the Russian section of the stadium, many women were pictured wearing crop tops as they smiled into the camera and cheered for their country.

The female Saudi Arabian fans, however, were photographed wearing headscarves and face coverings – with only their eyes visible – in line with the Islamic theocracy’s strict modesty code for women.

Women were permitted to watch football at a stadium in the kingdom for the first time in January.

 

Russian fans and politicians joined in an outpouring of jubilation as the host nation unexpectedly routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener.

In the Russian section of the stadium, many women were pictured wearing crop tops as they smiled into the camera and cheered for their country. The female Saudi Arabian fans, however, were photographed wearing headscarves and face coverings – with only their eyes visible – in line with the strict Islamic theocracy’s modesty code for women.

Russian fans and politicians joined in an outpouring of jubilation as the host nation unexpectedly routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener. Pictured: A woman celebrating in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

State television showed throngs of Russians outside Moscow’s main stadium cheering with flags but also stunned by the victory as the hosts are the lowest FIFA ranked team in the tournament. Pictured: Saudi fans outside the stadium.

The public jubilation was welcome for the Russian government which on Thursday announced it would raise the retirement age for men and women, an unpopular decision it has shied away from taking for years, fearing popular discontent. Pictured: The contrast between Russian and Saudi fans.

State television showed throngs of Russians outside Moscow’s main stadium cheering with flags but also stunned by the victory as the hosts are the lowest FIFA ranked team in the tournament.

‘We just didn’t expect it,’ a Russia supporter dressed in a helmet and medieval garb told state TV.

‘Thank you guys, thank you to the coach and thanks to (President Vladimir) Putin for this celebration! It’s great.’

‘This today was the national team that we all want to see,’ Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

‘Putin is also in shock,’ the TV Rain channel wrote on social media, posting a photograph of the Russian president watching the game from a box in the stands with his arms raised in surprise.

The public jubilation was welcome for the Russian government which on Thursday announced it would raise the retirement age for men and women, an unpopular decision it has shied away from taking for years, fearing popular discontent.

‘This is really cool,’ Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who was released from jail earlier in the day, wrote on social media.

‘I had no doubts before the game, the question was only what the score would be,’ a TV host said on a live talk show on Channel One to cheers from the studio.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here