FIFA swaps red star for cross on Kremlin tower in new World Cup clip

Natalia Seliverstova/Sputnik

As we previously reported, FIFA has released a new video featuring Russia’s 11 host cities for the World Cup, which will be played before each match. However, people have spotted something odd about the 45-second clip: The Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower is crowned with an Orthodox cross instead of the red star is sports in reality.

Orthodox crosses have never adorned the Kremlin towers - during the Russian Empire the they were decorated with eagles.

Russians are not happy about it, with many expressing anger online. “Are you so afraid of the Soviet Union that you even removed the red star from Spasskaya Tower in the Kremlin?”

Others have joked about the cross, saying it symbolizes the grave of Russia’s national football team.  

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