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Russia cuts 2018 World Cup budget by more than $70 million

MOSCOW -- The Russian government has cut its budget for the 2018 World Cup by more than $70 million.

When Russia won the bid to host the event, its economy was booming. But under the pressure of Western sanctions and low oil prices, the economy has suffered over the past year and concerns are high about the financial burden of the World Cup.

The government website says the budget will be cut by 3.6 billion rubles ($71 million) to 660.5 billion rubles ($13.2 billion). The savings is to come from lowering...

FIFA defers vote on continent rotation for World Cup bids

As Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, a new FIFA rule could exclude Europe from 2026 bidding.

ZURICH -- FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA's executive committee met on Monday and had the option of blocking bids from confederations which hosted one of the two previous tournaments.

The panel meets again on Saturday.

As Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, the rule could exclude Europe from 2026 bidding. The United States, Canada and Mexico are likely candidates.

FIFA says the executive committee decided that the 2026...

Russia Football Union issues ultimatum to Fabio Capello

Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.

MOSCOW -- Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.

Sergei  tepashin, a former prime minister who is a key power-broker at the Russian Football Union, says he has made his expectations clear to the veteran Italian coach following last year's group stage exit at the World Cup in...

Russia mulls use of prison labour for 2018 World Cup

E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world football.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
Yaya Toure has welcomed FIFA's new system of match observers to monitor incidents of racism and discrimination at FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the build-up to the 2018 tournament in Russia - and says some form of abuse can 'break' players.

MOSCOW -- Russian authorities want to use prison labour to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps to work at factories, with a focus on driving down the costs of building materials for World Cup projects.

"It'll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price, lower than...

Russia defends plan to house World Cup teams in Chechnya

MOSCOW -- World Cup organisers in Russia have defended the possibility of housing teams in 2018 in the volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chechnya.

The Chechen capital of Grozny is on a preliminary list of team bases for the tournament despite an incident in December when Islamist militants waged a gun battle with police that left at least 20 dead.

Another possible city is Makhachkala in the neighboring region of Dagestan, which also has a long-running Islamist insurgency. In recent years,...