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Football's governing body FIFA has instructed television broadcasters to stop focusing on "hot women" fans attending 2018 World Cup matches in an effort to tackle sexism.

Addiechi said FIFA's stance was "a normal evolution", and broadcasts in Russian Federation have already improved from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"FIFA will take action against things that are wrong - we've done it with individual broadcasters. We've done it with our host broadcast services", he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Anti-discrimination group Fare Network says sexism has been the biggest problem of the World Cup.

According to FARE executive director Piara Powar, the group reported 30 instances of women being accosted, either local Russian fans or female journalists.

Before the tournament began there were concerns that the biggest issues for Russian Federation 2018 would be homophobia and racism but sexism has proven to be the most prevalent problem.

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"This is one of the activities we definitely will have in future - it's a normal evolution", he responded when asked if the edict would become official Federation Internationale de Football Association policy.

Instead, soccer's treatment of female media workers and fans provoked debate.

The Croatia national team is preparing for the historic semi-final of the World Cup tonight against England - and while everyone rightly believes that Zlatko Dalić's side could be in the final against France on July 15th, there is extra motivation for Luka Modrić & Co. heading into the decisive match against England tonight.

Though Mr Powar added that the real number of incidents is likely 10 times higher. In what can be called as objectification, young and attractive women have often found screen time, evoking responses from the broadcasters as well as fans.

The last was France's 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.

Another Argentine referee, Horacio Elizando, refereed both the opener and the final at the 2006 World Cup.