Formula 1 boss ‘completely agrees’ with Putin’s anti-gay law

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone during their meeting in Sochi. (File photo: Reuters)

Formula 1 President Bernie Ecclestone expressed his support to Russian President Vladimir’s Putin anti-gay law during an interview with the American news channel CNN Saturday.

“I completely agree with those sentiments and if you took a world census you’d find 90% of the world agrees with it as well,” Ecclestone said.

“He hasn’t said he doesn’t agree [with homosexuality] just that he doesn’t want these things publicized to an audience under the age of 18,” he added arguing critics had misrepresented Putin.

"I've great admiration for him and his courage to say what he says," the 83-year-old said. "[It] may upset a few people but that's how the world is. It's how he sees [the world] and I think he's completely right."

The anti-propaganda law, which was first proposed in June 2013, sparked controversy around the world. It introduced fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($156).

The Formula 1 billionaire is due to face trial in April for making corrupt payments to a banker who worked alongside him on the sale of Formula 1 in 2006.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41