In a time that has seen the #MeToo movement go worldwide, the planet's biggest football competition has provided a moment of sobriety.
Of the 16,000 journalists accredited to cover the World Cup in Russia, just 14% are women, according to FIFA, the tournament organizer.
And for some of those women working in the media at the World Cup, the past couple of weeks have been a challenging experience with reports of sexual assault, harassment and online vitriol being directed at them.
第一起被广泛关注的事件发生在萨兰斯克，当时女主播Julieth González Therán正在为德国的Deutsche Welle广播电视台西班牙语新闻频道做现场直播。然后在镜头中，突然冲出一位男性，对她袭胸并且强吻。
The first incident to gain worldwide attention came when a female journalist working in the Russian city of Saransk published a video of herself being sexually assaulted while broadcasting live on air. Julieth González Therán was reporting for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle's Spanish news channel when a man grabbed her breast and kissed her cheek.
González Therán maintained her composure and finished her report but was left visibly angry and upset.
After posting the video on her Instagram account, González Therán called for more respect for female journalists. "We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally as professional and deserving. I share the joy of football but we must identify the limits between affection and harassment," she wrote.
The social media response has been mixed. Some commenters on DW Espanol's Facebook page described what happened as trivial, with one commentator writing: "A simple kiss on the cheek and they're acting as if she was dealing with a rapist." Others pointed out that the kiss was a form of harassment because it took place without consent.
During a Skype conversation, Ruslan, who preferred not to reveal his last name, offered the journalist his "most profound apologies," adding that he hopes she "will never face another such incident in [her] career."
A video clip shows Jeon Gwang-ryeol, a MBN (a South Korean TV channel) reporter broadcasting in Russia on 28 June, being kissed on the cheek twice by female Russian fans. The reporter tried to laugh the kisses off but looked embarrassed.
A debate about the incident emerged on Weibo, with Weibo users asking why the actions of some Russian female fans were not being criticised in the same way as their male counterparts.
Other users "called for equality between men and women" and said that the response to this incident shows that inequalities still exist. Some users also had a problem with the media using the term "beauties" when referring to the women.