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Russia hand debuts to seven players, draw with Kazakhstan

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Fabio Capello's side was unable to secure a victory against neighboring Kazakhstan in their international friendly match on Tuesday.

MOSCOW -- Fabio Capello's experimental Russia side, with seven uncapped players making their debuts, drew 0-0 with Kazakhstan in a friendly on Tuesday.

Capello rang the changes after just one win in Russia's last eight competitive matches, not including Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro, which was abandoned after crowd trouble.

Russia dominated against their less illustrious opponent Kazakhstan, but created few clear-cut chances.

The best opportunity to score came on 27 minutes, when...

 By PA Sport

UEFA charges both Montenegro and Russia in abandoned qualifier

Montenegro manager Branko Brnovic praised the atmosphere before his side's European Qualifier against Russia, but quickly saw things take a turn for the worse after Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare.

UEFA has charged both Montenegro and Russia after their Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned after Russia players were hit by missiles.

The Montenegro Football Association has been charged with holding a match that did not get played in full, and for fans throwing fireworks and missiles. The Russian football union has also been charged for the setting off/throwing of fireworks and objects by their spectators.

Russia have lodged a formal complaint with UEFA and demanded they be awarded a...

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fit again after flare attack

Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev was knocked unconscious by a flare, prompting play to be suspended until further notice.

MOSCOW -- CSKA Moscow say Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev should be ready to play this weekend after recovering from being hit in the head with a flare during a European Championship qualifying match against Montenegro.

A flare thrown from an area occupied by Montenegro fans hit Akinfeev in the back of the head during Friday's game. He was rushed to the hospital and treated for burns and a concussion.

The match was later abandoned following more crowd trouble.

CSKA assistant coach Viktor Onopko told...

Russia Football Union appoints new anti-racism leader

Sepp Blatter believes the 2018 World Cup in Russia can help resolve the regions political problems, saying the sport is healing areas of suffering, like Afghanistan, Palestine and Syria.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has relayed his confidence in the Russian organising committee to deliver the 2018 World Cup amid concerns over their preparations.

MOSCOW -- The Russian Football Union has appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official in an effort to crack down on discrimination ahead of the World Cup.

RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh says Alexei Tolkachev has been named "anti-racism inspector."

It was not immediately clear what powers have been given to Tolkachev, who already deals with racism as the RFU's head of safety and fan outreach.

Last month, RFU general secretary Anatoly Vorobyov told The Associated Press that he wanted the inspector...