November 21, 2014 -- Updated 1621 GMT (0021 HKT)
Its record on dealing with racist abuse has been mixed and now Russia has been urged by a leading anti-apartheid activist to show a tougher approach to the issue ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.
How football is helping promote a greater understanding of autism.
They stepped forward to help reform the way football operates - and are now bitterly regretting their decision.
The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has taken a new twist as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss judiciary Tuesday.
Racism and World Cup
CNN's Amanda Davis asks Alexey Sorokin how racism in Russia might play a role in the 2018 World Cup.