22nd May 2018
World Cup 2018 is fast approaching. The England manager Gareth Southgate named his team last week. Some of us are daring to dream.But the very same day that the team was announced, some elements of media were already developing a very different (if sadly predictable) narrative. Sky’s Kaveh Solhekol tweeted apparent “sanctions for causing trouble in Russia this summer”, which was picked up by numerous football fans’ pages across social media. Last week, ITV’s Tonight programme ran a special episode with interviews from both British police and Russian hooligans, warning travelling England fans against wearing their colours or singing their songs. It’s apparent that disorder in Russia is not just feared, but expected.