FIFA Ask Broadcasters To Reduce Shots Of Attractive Female Fans

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"We've done it with individual broadcasters".

Before the tournament there were concerns that homophobia and racism would be the major areas of concern but Fare Network executive director Piara Powar said sexism was the main focus of discrimination logged by his team - mainly of Russian women being "accosted in the streets" by male fans.

Some of them have lost their FAN IDs - the documents required for all spectators to access World Cup stadiums - and been forced to leave the country as a result of such behaviour, he added.

Recently, Getty Images published a photo gallery titled "the hottest fans at the World Cup" and it featured only women.

He also said there have been several cases of football fans grabbing or kissing female reporters while on air.

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About 300 incidents of "sexism on the streets" have so far been reported to Federation Internationale de Football Association by the Fare network, with about 30 of those being against female broadcasters while they worked.

Fifa's diversity boss Federico Addiechi has said the crackdown on cutaways of female fans is not yet an official policy but that the governing body is keen on "taking action against things that are wrong".

"There are many interesting stories to tell about the World Cup and we acknowledge this was not one of them", it said.

France will take on either Croatia or England in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday.

In regard to other forms of discrimination, Addiechi and Powar said various measures taken by the authorities - banning orders, diversity training and so on - were successful and the Russian people themselves have been great hosts.