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2015/2016 Season

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Andre Villas-Boas defends Russia over racism: 'I've seen the same in England'

Russia's preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are continuing to make progress, despite ongoing investigations into the bid process by Swiss authorities.

Andre Villas-Boas has defended Russia's right to host the 2018 World Cup despite recent incidents of racial prejudice and abuse, and alleged it's no different in England.

On Thursday, FIFA asked the Russian Football Union (RFU) to explain why it banned FC Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong for two matches for his reaction to racism from Spartak Moscow fans while not punishing the alleged abusers' club.

The Ghanaian made a gesture with his finger in response to racist taunts in Ufa's match on Friday,...

Hulk blasts Russia over racism in 'almost every game'

Yaya Toure has welcomed FIFA's new system of match observers to monitor incidents of racism and discrimination at FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the build-up to the 2018 tournament in Russia - and says some form of abuse can 'break' players.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Zenit St. Petersburg's star striker Hulk says he encounters racism in "almost every game" in Russia and the Brazil international fears it could tarnish the country when it hosts the 2018 World Cup.

Hulk, the most expensive signing in Russian Premier League history, has repeatedly faced monkey chants in Russia and also accused a referee of racially abusing him.

"If [racism] happens in the World Cup, it will be really gross and really ugly. Usually it happens when Russian...