Russia's failure at the World Cup could potentially be attributed to many things, but one priest has declared that it's all down to homosexuality - or more specifically, coloured boots.
Alexander Shumsky, writing for Christian website Russian People’s Line, claimed that non-black boots are a symbol of the “gay rainbow” or being feminine in some way - and thus a "homosexual abomination".
He declared: "Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the squad] might as well wear women’s knickers or a bra.
"The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I’m sure of it.
"Therefore I am glad that the Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination."
It seems unlikely that Russia coach Fabio Capello shares this opinion, having gone on the record after the team's exit as saying: "I've never been one to look for excuses."
However, he did express some disgruntlement at the officiating, adding: "If there is one thing that we can complain about at this World Cup, it's the refereeing."
Perhaps Shumsky would put forward the argument that World Cup officiating was much better in days of yore, when referees were referees, assistants were linesmen, and they all wore basic black, not the garish yellow shirts which he would surely also judge to be homosexual-abomination-coloured.
Still, he's probably pleased that as yet there haven't been any women refereeing men's World Cup finals matches, what with their terrible liberal lady-undergarments.
Don't forget that we'll all be heading off to Russia in four years' time for the next World Cup, by the way.
In Russia, of course, it is illegal to promote what the state has termed gay "propaganda", with homosexuals in the country subject to widespread intimidation and repression.
Expect more guys like this getting media space for their less-than-charitable messages, and president Vladimir Putin continuing to rile certain sections of society with his views.
On the plus side, you can read them to keep yourself entertained on the day-long journey between host cities from Moscow to Yekaterineburg.
Or perhaps just burn the newspaper it's printed on to keep yourself warm in the freezing conditions there.
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