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Zenit's Alexander Kokorin third Russian player likely to miss World Cup

Alexander Kokorin injured his right knee in Zenit St Petersburg's Europa League game on Thursday.

MOSCOW -- Alexander Kokorin is likely to become the third player from Russia's national team to miss the World Cup in his home country through injury after he tore ligaments in his right knee.

Kokorin's club team, Zenit St Petersburg, said he tore ligaments in his knee in the opening minutes of the Europa League round-of-16 defeat against RB Leipzig on Thursday.

Defenders Viktor Vasin and Giorgi Jikia have already sustained injuries that are likely to rule them out of the World Cup.

Kokorin, carried...

 By PA Sport

Leicester's Ahmed Musa joins CSKA Moscow on loan until end of season

Ahmed Musa has struggled for regular playing time at Leicester this season.

Leicester forward Ahmed Musa has returned to former club CSKA Moscow on loan until the end of the season.

The Nigeria international joined Leicester in a then club-record £16 million deal in Aug. 2016, and has since notched five goals in 33 appearances.

Musa has only managed one Leicester appearance this term however, when he found the net in a Carabao Cup clash at Sheffield United, and has now been farmed out to the Russian Premier League side, where he spent five seasons, racking up more...

Russian FA fines Spartak Moscow spokesman over player's offensive tweet

The head of Spartak Moscow's public relations department has been fined after a player posted a tweet to the club account describing his own black teammates as "chocolates."

A video on the club's Twitter account this month showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha, and Fernando exercising during a training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

A message which translated as, "See how the chocolates melt in the sun," accompanied the video, followed by three emojis of a smiley face.

FIFA condemned...

Russia's Giorgi Jikia doubt for World Cup after tearing ACL

Giorgi Jikia is a doubt to play for Russia in the World Cup.

Russia defender Giorgi Jikia tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a club friendly on Thursday and could be ruled out of the World Cup.

Jikia hurt his left knee while playing for Spartak Moscow against Chinese team Shanghai SIPG in the United Arab Emirates.

Video footage showed him clutching his knee and howling in pain, before being taken away on a stretcher.

Spartak said in a statement that Jikia has been released from hospital and is in the team hotel, but that he will require an operation.


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FIFA condemns offensive Spartak tweet, sanction up to Russian FA

FIFA has said Spartak's punishment is up to the Russian FA.

FIFA has condemned Spartak Moscow after the club posted an offensive message on their own official Twitter feed on Saturday.

The Russian side tweeted a video of black players training in the sun with the caption translating as: "See how the chocolates melt in the sun."

It led Piara Powar, the chief of anti-discriminatory body Fare, to tell BBC Sport: "Racism is one of the biggest issues Russia faces in the year they host the World Cup. References like this show how some minorities are seen...