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FIFA approves Sergei Eremenko's switch from Finland to Russia

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FIFA has cleared teenage midfielder Sergei Eremenko to play for Russia at the World Cup by approving his change of national eligibility from Finland.

A request by the Russian Football Union was approved on Monday, FIFA said.

The 19-year-old Eremenko was born in Russia and currently plays on loan at Spartak Moscow. His father, Alexei, has Finnish citizenship after playing and coaching there for much of his career.

Sergei Eremenko represented Finland at youth level, following his elder brothers Alexei...

FIFA ends doping investigation into Russia's Ruslan Kambolov - lawyers

GENEVA -- Lawyers for Russia defender Ruslan Kambolov have said FIFA closed an investigation into suspected doping, eight weeks before the World Cup begins.

FIFA terminated the case because of a "lack of evidence of such violations," Moscow-based law firm Sila said in a statement on its website.

FIFA declined to comment Friday on the announcement, which included Sila publishing an apparent letter it received by email Thursday from the football body's anti-doping manager.

The investigation against...

FIFA charges Russia over fan racism during friendly vs. France

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FIFA has charged Russia over fan racism in the friendly against France at St. Petersburg.

FIFA on Tuesday charged World Cup hosts Russia over fan racism during their friendly against France, while law enforcement agencies say they thwarted an alleged "extermist" plot by to derail the event this summer.

Monkey chants were aimed at France players including midfielder Paul Pogba as France won in St. Petersburg last month.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident," FIFA said on Tuesday.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) said...

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Bear performing before Russian league match branded 'inhumane' by PETA

Brown bear called Tima handed over the ball to the referee before the kickoff of Russian third division football match.

Footage of a bear performing in front of fans before a Russian league match has been condemned as "shocking and inhumane" by animal welfare group PETA.

The bear, named Tima, is seen holding the match ball before clapping to fans before kick-off in the third-tier match between Mashuk-KMV and Angusht in Pyatigorsk on Saturday, while standing on his hind legs.

"In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright dangerous," Elisa...