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FIFA's Gianni Infantino confirms video assistant referees for 2018 World Cup

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb shares the ins and outs of the VAR initiative.

Video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

Infantino had first talked about introducing video assistants at a meeting of the International Football Association Board in March.

Speaking at a congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in Santiago, Chile, he said: "At the 2018 World Cup we will have video referees, because so far the results are very positive.

"It should that not happen that, in 2017,...

Russian deputy PM denies Confederations Cup censorship claims

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The Zenit Arena in St Petersburg is a Confederations Cup venue.

Russia's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, has rejected claims that journalists covering the 2017 Confederations Cup will be restricted in what they can report.

Earlier this week, German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel backed Bild newspaper over claims of censorship ahead of the tournament, which serves as a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup.

Bild, Germany's most popular paper, has said it will boycott the Confederations Cup if journalists are not given freedom to report as...

DFB backs Bild over claims of Russian censorship for Confederations Cup

Russia will host the Confederations Cup this summer as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup.

German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has backed the Bild newspaper over claims of Russian censorship ahead of this summer's Confederations Cup.

Bild, Germany's most popular paper, has said it will boycott this summer's Confederations Cup in Russia if journalists are not given freedom to report as they please.

Print journalists attending the event -- which serves as a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- have been informed that they will be restricted in their travelling...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Anelka and Domenech reignite feud over future of Monaco's Mbappe

Nicolas Anelka said Domenech 'has become a coach without winning any trophies.'

Nicolas Anelka and his former France coach Raymond Domenech have reopened the feud that saw Anelka sent home from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Anelka hit back after Domenech had urged teenage Monaco star Kylian Mbappe not to follow his example.

When asked about the potential of 18-year-old Mbappe, who has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs after a dazzling season, Domenech was scathing about Anelka.

He told L'Equipe: "I remember Ronaldo...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

When is the 2018 FIFA World Cup final?

The final of the 2018 World Cup finals is due to take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

The opening match will be held at the same stadium on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

The last of the 32 qualifiers will be known after the playoffs by Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

The draw will be made on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

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