Paddy Power hit £80,000 donated to LGBT+ charities following Russia’s 3-1 win

Those Rainbow Russians were at it again with an impressive 3-1 win over Egypt to make it two on the bounce, topping up our campaign fund in the process…


Following Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt in the World Cup last night, Paddy Power have now racked up £80,000 in donations to LGBT+ causes.

As part of their Rainbow Russians campaign, which sees £10,000 donated per Russian goal to tackle homophobia in football, they will with Attitude Magazine Foundation do the following:

  • Challenge LGBT+ prejudice on and off the field
  • Support footballers and those in the game in coming out
  • Fund educational programmes in schools and colleges
  • Make grass-roots teams safe spaces for LGBT+ players

Following the host’s first game against Saudi Arabia – where they netted five – it was announced that £10,000 of the money will fund 20 members of the LGBT+ community to become fully qualified referees.

So, thank you to Denis Cheryshev (who has topped up the fund by £30,000 himself so far), Artem Dzyuba and Ahmed Fathi’s own goal last night for their contributions to the campaign.

Just keep on scoring lads!

* To read more about the campaign, please head here.

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