Vladimir Putin criticised for being given an umbrella before Croatian president during World Cup trophy presentation.
Putin was the first to be sheltered as the heavens opened while France were given the trophy.
The phrase “ladies first” appeared to be lost on the World Cup presentation party on Sunday evening.
As the heavens opened moments before France were handed the trophy, Russian president Vladimir Putin was the first to be sheltered by a minder holding an umbrella.
The rest of the officials, including the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic were left without protection as the rain fell.
Eventually more umbrellas arrived although some Twitter users pointed out that the women in Qatar Airways air stewardess uniforms were not protected from the elements.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino was also given an umbrella – although it did not stop him getting soaked.
And social media users were quick to point out the favouritism shown to Russia’s controversial leader.
Earlier, UFC star Conor McGregor posted a picture of himself alongside Putin with the caption: “Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him.
“Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup.”
The final, which France won 4-2, was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.
The pitch invaders, who were dressed in police-style outfits, were later detained by police.
Three of Pussy Riot’s original members were jailed in 2012 for staging a protest against Putin in a church and the group have since become a symbol of anti-Kremlin direct action.