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Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

MOSCOW -- Russia will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

The Russian government is cutting its spending by 10 percent across the board after the central bank predicted last month that the economy could contract by between 4.5 and 4.7 percent this year, under pressure from low oil prices and international sanctions.

Mutko, who is a FIFA Executive Committee member, said in comments...

UEFA may create league in Crimea - Russia sports minister

Michel Platini is the president of UEFA.

Russia sports minister Vitaly Mutko says UEFA may set up its own directly administered football league in the disputed region of Crimea.

After Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year, its existing Ukrainian Premier League clubs were shut down and new teams created to play in the Russian leagues.

After the Ukrainian Football Federation protested, UEFA banned Crimean clubs from playing in the Russian league system, and said it would administer the peninsula as a "special zone," without providing...

Latest deadline passes for Russian Football Union to pay Fabio Capello

Capello has previously managed Roma, Juventus, AC Milan, Real Madrid and England.

The latest deadline for the Russian Football Union (RFU) to pay national coach Fabio Capello has passed without action.

Capello last received his wages in June amid financial problems at the RFU, and Russian authorities set a deadline of Jan. 19 for him to be paid before pursuing possible legal action.

The RFU said at the end of December it was close to paying Capello, but the Russian Federal Labour and Employment Agency, known by its Russian abbreviation Rostrud, made no mention of any court case...

Vladimir Putin tells Sepp Blatter that Russia can host 2018 World Cup

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football's world governing body needs to restore its credibility following the acrimonious fall-out from the decision to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
England manager Roy Hodgson was unwilling to comment on remarks made by former FA chairman David Bernstein to boycott the next World Cup in Russia.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday he has received personal assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the country's economic problems will not affect its ability to host the 2018 World Cup.

Blatter said he was "vigilant" about Russia's economic situation after the ruble lost almost half of its value last year under pressure from the sinking world oil price and international sanctions.

Blatter said he had spoken with Putin during a visit to Russia on Friday...

Russia fail to pay coach Fabio Capello by end of year

Fabio Capello will wait until 2015 to receive the pay owed to him by Russia.

MOSCOW -- Russian soccer authorities failed to meet their goal of paying national team coach Fabio Capello by the end of the year.

Capello has not received any of his reported $11 million annual salary since June amid financial problems at the Russian Football Union.

The organization's president, Nikolai Tolstykh, said on Monday he planned to resolve the matter by the end of 2014. He told local media on Wednesday that was now impossible.

With Russia gearing up for almost two weeks of public holidays,...