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FIFA confirms doping investigation into Russian players

Russia's national team could be so much better if their league was stronger.
Russia's 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation by FIFA, according to a report

Russia's entire 2014 World Cup squad is being examined by FIFA after allegations of suspected doping, according to a report by the Mail on Sunday, with world football's governing body confirming an investigation is ongoing.

The 23 players on the Russia team that lost in the group stages in Brazil three years ago are among at least 34 Russian footballers in the list of over 1,000 athletes listed as "people of interest" in reports commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)...

 By PA Sport

Divers to receive immediate punishment with VAR - Howard Webb

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Dani Alves and Manchester City, the latest VAR decisions and much more.

Howard Webb says diving players will run the risk of "immediate punishment'' under the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee system.

VAR is to be introduced in Major League Soccer from Aug. 5, as well as from the third round of the upcoming season's FA Cup, ahead of a potential wider implementation which will be decided upon sometime after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Retrospective punishment for diving will already be introduced for 2017-18, but the arrival of VAR will provide the greater...

 By PA Sport

Qatar World Cup organisers admit stadium construction safety issues

Khalifa International Stadium
A British worker died at the Khalifa International Stadium in January.

The Qatari organisers of 2022 World Cup have provided the first details from the investigation into the death of British worker in January, confirming that safety issues have been identified.

Zac Cox, a rope-access technician, was installing a catwalk system in the roof of the Khalifa International Stadium, the first of eight World Cup venues the Qataris aim to complete by the end of 2020, when the incident occurred.

The 40-year-old's lifeline became snagged when a lever hoist failed and one end...

Russia have no chance at 2018 World Cup - Soviet legend Vagiz Khidiyatullin

While Russia defeated New Zealand in the Confederations Cup opener, many questions still surround their predictability.

MOSCOW -- Vagiz Khidiyatullin is one of the greatest Soviet stars of the 1980s. A graceful ball-playing defender who spent the best years of his career at Spartak Moscow, he was the defensive stalwart of the team that reached the final at Euro '88.

He also received the bronze medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, played at the World Cup in 1990 and was unfortunate to suffer torn knee ligaments in training just before the World Cup in 1982 (though included in the squad, he couldn't play).

The 58-year-old...

 By PA Sport

FIFA president Gianni Infantino not under any ethics investigation - chief

Hans-Joachim Eckert, left, and Cornel Borbely were relieved of their duties on FIFA's ethics committee in May.

FIFA has dismissed a report that its ethics committee had started an investigation against the organisation's president Gianni Infantino before he choreographed the sudden removal of the committee's bosses last month.

The chairmen of the committee's "adjudicatory'' and "investigatory'' chambers -- Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, respectively -- were replaced without warning at FIFA's annual congress in Bahrain.

Both had hoped for and expected to be given second...