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Jul 22, 2015

Putin, Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter will put aside their troubles when they take center-stage and kick-off the countdown to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Putin has been cast as a villain in the West because of Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, while Blatter’s presidency is ending next year in the wake of a huge scandal over alleged FIFA corruption.

Jul 22, 2015

Preview – Putin, Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter will put aside their troubles when they take centre-stage and kick-off the countdown to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Putin has been cast as a villain in the West because of Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, while Blatter’s presidency is ending next year in the wake of a huge scandal over alleged FIFA corruption.

Jul 20, 2015

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

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (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

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.