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Jul 20, 2015

Soccer-Brazil’s Hulk fears “ugly” racism at World Cup in Russia

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 20 (Reuters) – Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk says racist comments are made by spectators at almost every match played in Russia and he fears “gross and ugly” racism could mar the 2018 World Cup finals.

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was subjected to monkey chants at a match last Friday in Russia, which hosts the 2018 finals; but Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the incident should not be “inflated into a big scandal”.

Jul 20, 2015

Kaliningrad’s ‘desert’ stadium will be ready, says city boss

KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – The scene looks more like a building project for the 2022 Qatar World Cup rather than Russia’s 2018 finals, with a flat sandy landscape stretching out to the far horizon.

While construction work has yet to start on the delayed Baltika Arena stadium in Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave, at least the land on which it is to be built has been made stable with 4.5 million tonnes of sand imported from quarries around Russia.

Jul 20, 2015

Soccer-Kaliningrad’s ‘desert’ stadium will be ready, says city boss

KALININGRAD, Russia, July 20 (Reuters) – The scene looks more like a building project for the 2022 Qatar World Cup rather than Russia’s 2018 finals, with a flat sandy landscape stretching out to the far horizon.

While construction work has yet to start on the delayed Baltika Arena stadium in Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave, at least the land on which it is to be built has been made stable with 4.5 million tonnes of sand imported from quarries around Russia.

Jul 18, 2015

FIFA to seek details of Frimpong incident from Russian FA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – FIFA will ask the Russian Football Union (RFU) to provide details of the racist incident that marred Friday’s match between Spartak Moscow and Ufa, soccer’s world governing body said.

In the 31st minute of the first match of the new Russian Premier League season, Ufa’s Ghanian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was subjected to monkey chants.

Jul 18, 2015

Soccer-FIFA to seek details of Frimpong incident from Russian FA

MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) – FIFA will ask the Russian Football Union (RFU) to provide details of the racist incident that marred Friday’s match between Spartak Moscow and Ufa, soccer’s world governing body said.

In the 31st minute of the first match of the new Russian Premier League season, Ufa’s Ghanian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was subjected to monkey chants.

Jul 16, 2015

Russia’s Rostov has an eye on Ukraine as World Cup nears

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) – The southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has more than just a passing interest in peace breaking out in Ukraine as it prepares to host matches in the 2018 World Cup soccer finals.

In addition to building a new stadium, airport, hotels and restaurants, the local and regional authorities have to reassure fans they will be safe in a city that lies little more than 80 km (50 miles) from east Ukraine.

Jul 16, 2015

Soccer-Russia’s Rostov has an eye on Ukraine as World Cup nears

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, July 16 (Reuters) – The southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has more than just a passing interest in peace breaking out in Ukraine as it prepares to host matches in the 2018 World Cup soccer finals.

In addition to building a new stadium, airport, hotels and restaurants, the local and regional authorities have to reassure fans they will be safe in a city that lies little more than 80 km (50 miles) from east Ukraine.

Jul 16, 2015

Russian governor proposes ‘peace match’ with Germany

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – The governor of the Russian city that was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War Two, wants to stage a “peace match” between the Russian and German national soccer teams in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup.

Although there have been no formal discussions about the match taking place, Andrei Bocharov, the governor of the Volgograd region, said he would like the two nations to meet in a friendly international marking the official opening of the Victory Stadium.

Jul 16, 2015

Soccer-Russian governor proposes “peace match” with Germany

VOLGOGRAD, Russia, July 16 (Reuters) – The governor of the Russian city that was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War Two, wants to stage a “peace match” between the Russian and German national soccer teams in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup.

Although there have been no formal discussions about the match taking place, Andrei Bocharov, the governor of the Volgograd region, said he would like the two nations to meet in a friendly international marking the official opening of the Victory Stadium.

Jul 14, 2015

Fewer hotels, more campsites as Russia cuts World Cup costs

MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Football fans at the 2018 World Cup could find themselves sleeping on boats or pitching tents in Soviet-era summer camps as Russia reins in spending on the tournament by cutting back on the number of hotels.

Back in 2010, when it won the right to host the finals, Russia promised to provide 100,000 rooms for visiting supporters, far exceeding the 60,000 required by football’s world governing body FIFA.