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Sardar Azmoun: I was right to stay at Rostov despite Liverpool interest

Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson dissect three penalty incidents that went uncalled in Man City's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Sardar Azmoun has said he felt he would have been a bit-part player at Liverpool.'

Sardar Azmoun has said he made the right decision to stay at Russian club FC Rostov despite interest from clubs including Liverpool during the January window.

In November, sources told ESPN FC that Liverpool were among a host of clubs monitoring the situation of the Iran international forward.

A source close to the player said Azmoun would have been keen on a move to Liverpool depending on the role earmarked for him.

At the time, the Anfield club were short of options in the final third amid injuries...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Rostov banned from playing at home until state of pitch improves

The Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) has banned Rostov from playing on the pitch at their Olimp-2 stadium until the state of the surface improves.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho complained about the playing surface ahead of his side's 1-1 Europa League draw at Rostov last week.

Mourinho said UEFA had dismissed his complaints that the pitch was dangerous, but the RFPL committee that oversees pitches in the league has since deemed the surface to be unacceptable.

The RFPL said in a statement...

Russia defender Vasily Berezutsky retires from international football

Vasily Berezutsky pictured during training with the Russia national team in October 2016.
Vasily Berezutsky is Russia's third most-capped player ever.

Russia defender Vasily Berezutsky retired from international football on Friday, one year before his country hosts the World Cup.

Berezutsky, 35, played 101 games for his country after making his debut in 2003, and hopes international retirement will prolong his club career with CSKA Moscow.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has experimented with various defenders in recent friendlies, with largely unimpressive results, including a loss to Qatar.

"Taking into account my age and most importantly,...

FIFA still waiting for information on Russian doping cases

Fatma Samoura during a press conference marking 100 days until the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.
Fatma Samoura took her post as FIFA secretary general in June 2016.

FIFA is still waiting for details on players implicated in an investigation of doping in Russian soccer, secretary general Fatma Samoura has said.

WADA investigator Richard McLaren published hundreds of pages of documents in December alleging widespread drug use and cover-ups in Russian sports. Some cases appear to involve Russia's under-17 and under-21 national teams.

"We are waiting for proof and also names of football players concerned," Samoura said during a visit to Russia, adding that FIFA...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Rostov fan makes big cash offer for son to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's mascot

Don Hutchison and Alison Bender review the Europa League's last 16 draw and preview United's Rostov challenge.

It's clear people would do anything to be around Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

One man called the offices of Russian club FC Rostov this week and offered 170,000 rubles (close to €2,750, $2,900) to have his son serve as the Manchester United striker's mascot before the first leg of the clubs' Europa League round-of-16 tie on March 9.

Ivan Bodylevsky, who works for the club, shared the conversation on his Twitter account on Tuesday.