Alexander Shumsky has denounced the tournament as a 'homosexual abomination'The Moscow Times:Edited by S.W.T.Read
A Russian Orthodox priest has found a novel way of overcoming his nation's pain at their early exit from the World Cup.
Alexander Shumsky has denounced the tournament as a 'homosexual abomination', because players' brightly coloured boots lined up bear a resemblance to the 'gay rainbow'.
'Wearing pink or blue shoes, they might as well wear women's panties or a bra,' wrote Father Shumsky in his column on Christian website Russian People's Line.
He was also cross with the 'unthinkable' hairstyles worn by some of the players in Brazil.
The outspoken priest's intervention comes after Russia's manager Fabio Capello was called before the Russian parliament The Duma to explain the national team's dismal showing.
Even though its hilarious to foreign eyes, it comes amid an atmosphere of extreme homophobia in Russia, where gay people have been publicly targeted by vigilantes and a law was recently passed banning 'gay propaganda'.
For Father Shumsky, Russia's awful showing and early exit was a welcome respite from the garish festival of football, which he sees as a challenge to the piety of Russians.
'The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I'm sure of it,' he said.
I am glad that the Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination.'
So now we know why Russia failed, it was the colour of the socks and boots they were forced to wear.
Now, what of the other teams that failed, England,France, Spain etc, what self righteous person of the cloth is going to invent reasons for their failure we'll have to wait and see.........