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 By Ben Gladwell
18 hours ago

Christian Panucci: Fabio Capello a 'disgrace' over Russian FA contract

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

Christian Panucci has branded Fabio Capello a "disgrace" for failing to act as his contract with the Russian Football Union (FUR) lapsed this summer.

The former Roma and Chelsea defender had been working as an assistant to Capello until his contract expired following the 2014 World Cup.

Although not offered a new contract, Panucci was asked by FUR if he would continue working alongside Capello and another assistant, Massimo Neri, who was also working for free following Russia's return from Brazil.

Panucci...

By ESPN Staff
4 days ago

Valcke: World Cup boycott 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

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4 days ago

FIFA's Jerome Valcke says 2018 boycott talk is 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke says there is doubt about the validity of the Russian and Qatar World Cup bids following Judge Eckert's report.

SOCHI, Russia -- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be "nonsense."

Some European politicians have suggested that European countries could boycott the World Cup over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which many Western governments accuse Russia of provoking.

Valcke says talk of a boycott is an attempt to "provoke" discord rather than "to be realistic on what the world is today."

He says the World Cup "is a sporting event" and has "nothing to...

By ESPN Staff
6 days ago

Highlights: Hungary 1-2 Russia

Alexander Kerzhakov scored the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Hungary in Budapest.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Nov 17, 2014

Report: Hans-Joachim Eckert, Michael Garcia set FIFA probe meeting date

Former FA Chairman David Bernstein has called on UEFA to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and FIFA watchdog Michael Garcia are reported to be meeting on Thursday to discuss the American lawyer's World Cup bidding probe, according to Sky Sports.

Garcia sought the meeting after his ethics panel co-chairman Eckert last week released a summary of Garcia's investigation into World Cup bidding that the former U.S. federal prosecutor calls "incomplete and erroneous."

Swiss law professor Mark Pieth, one of four senior figures involved in the FIFA reform...