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1 day ago

FIFA cuts Russia World Cup video over Crimea map flap

From the sun and sand of Rio de Janeiro, to the metropolis of Moscow, the 2018 World Cup in Russia is likely to provide plenty of contrasts from the most recent tournament in Brazil.

MOSCOW -- FIFA has expressed regret on Thursday after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

The video, broadcast as the logo was beamed onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, included a map of host nation Russia, including Crimea.

The clip was commissioned by Russia's World Cup organizing committee from a "local creative agency" and has now been edited to remove the "short sequence in question," FIFA said.

Russia annexed the...

3 days ago

Sepp Blatter reveals Russia's 2018 World Cup logo

People watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

MOSCOW -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- with the help of a crew of cosmonauts.

The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colors from the Russian flag, with gold trim.

Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV talk show, Blatter said the logo would show Russia's "heart and spirit." It was then presented over video link by a crew of three Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station.

"Seeing the football World Cup in our...

By ESPN Staff
3 days ago

Vladimir Putin says Russian World Cup security will be extensive, not intrusive

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, left, makes the official World Cup handover to Vladimir Putin after the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

MOSCOW -- Security at the 2018 World Cup "must be effective but not intrusive," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Russian security was tight at the Sochi Olympics this year, though it was not immediately clear whether Putin's comments would signal a different approach for the soccer tournament.

"I emphasize that security measures must be effective but not intrusive or extraneous, and not creating discomfort for sportsmen or for fans," said Putin, who met with FIFA president Sepp...

Oct 22, 2014

Russia has no major racism problem, says minister Vitaly Mutko

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, blamed a lack of concentration for his side's 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

MOSCOW -- Russia has no particular problem with racism in football as it prepares to host the 2018 World Cup -- despite a series of recent incidents, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

Russian champion CSKA Moscow have been forced to play all of their Champions League home group games this season behind closed doors as punishment for repeated racist incidents involving their fans, and there have been further cases in the Russian league.

"I don't see that we should especially stand out...

Oct 17, 2014

Russian official says coach Fabio Capello not paid since June

FIFA's marketing director Thierry Weil pleaded with the public and media to wait until the report into the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding process is published before accusing the governing body of a lack of transparency.

MOSCOW -- If Fabio Capello took over as coach of Russia's national team for the money, he came to the wrong place.

The veteran Italian coach, who led England at the 2010 World Cup and then took over Russia two years later, has not been paid since June.

And since that time, the national team have won only one of six competitive matches.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who played a crucial role in attracting Capello in 2012, seems to think the team's struggles and the coach's missing pay cheques...