The organization fears the negative perception of the audience because of Chicherina’s military repertoire.
Singer Yulia Chicherina reported on her Facebook page that FIFA banned her from performing at the FIFA Fan Fest fans festival in Rostov-on-Don.
Thank God, “footballers” forbade me to Rostov-dad, a hundred kilometers from which in the long-suffering Gorlovka children sleep in the bathrooms, so that they do not splinter at night.
Chicherina also published a copy of the letter in English on behalf of FIFA Fan Fest manager in Russia Ekaterina Savchenko, who “was asked not to show anyone”. It says about FIFA’s decision to refuse Chicherina’s speech because of her songs dedicated to the military theme. There is also a link to her clip “At the front line”.
FIFA is concerned about the possible negative reaction of the media, as well as subsequent reputational risks for FIFA, the festival of fans and the host city because of the speech that the singer wants to devote to the themes of the war […].
We are sorry that FIFA’s decision may cause inconvenience to your concert program at the fan festival.
The letter also says that FIFA forbids events to raise military, political or religious topics. The letter notes that “this artist is already associated with military themes.”
Representative Chicherina Oleg Genenfeld confirmed RBC authenticity of the singer’s account in Facebook and a letter published there from FIFA. The organization has not yet commented on the information about the prohibition of Chicherina’s speech.
Chicherina supports self-proclaimed NDP and LC, she often came there with concerts. In 2017, the singer received a passport for the LNR, TASS reported.