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FIFA president Gianni Infantino not worried about World Cup violence

Gab Marcotti joins Alison Bender to discuss if the future of the Confederations Cup is in jeopardy.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said he is "not concerned" about the possibility of violence at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Infantino was speaking during a visit to 2022 tournament hosts Qatar, during which he also said the 2026 World Cup could be co-hosted by three or four countries using four or five grounds each.

He was asked about the threat of violence after flashpoints involving Russian supporters, including one in which England fans were injured in clashes in Marseille, marred Euro...

Russian hooligans warn England fans over 2018 World Cup violence

Gab Marcotti joins Alison Bender to discuss if the future of the Confederations Cup is in jeopardy.

Russian hooligans have warned England fans that they are "100 percent guaranteed'' to be targeted at the 2018 World Cup.

There were scenes of violence at Euro 2016 as supporters of the two countries clashed, with two England fans left in a critical condition after three days of violence in Marseille while a group of Russian fans charged at England supporters inside the Stade Velodrome.

Speaking to a BBC documentary, Russia's Hooligan Army, a hooligan known as "Vasily the Killer" was quoted in the...

Public get first look at St. Petersburg World Cup venue Zenit Arena

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The Russian public got a first glimpse of the futuristic looking new Zenit Arena, a venue for the 2018 World Cup in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A Russian stadium built for the 2018 World Cup and dogged by problems has opened to the public with mixed reviews.

The 68,000-capacity stadium in St. Petersburg hosted 10,000 locals for a free extreme sports show designed to test the arena's "security system, logistics and other systems," according to deputy city governor Igor Albin.

The stadium has been almost a decade in construction and experienced repeated problems including worker deaths, soaring costs, fraud investigations...

Russia increases 2018 World Cup budget by $325 million

Total spending by Russia for the 2018 World Cup has increased.

MOSCOW -- Russia has increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by 19.1 billion rubles ($325 million) without explanation.

Total spending rises to 638.8bn rubles ($10.8bn), with all of the increase coming from federal budget funds, which now make up almost 55 percent of total spending.

The increase dwarfs previous attempts to cut costs by reducing the number of high-end hotels to be built and trimming expenses on other infrastructure.

There was no immediate comment by the World Cup organising...

 By PA Sport

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage set with Cameroon's ANC win

Cameroon's African Nations Cup title secured their spot in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Cameroon will face world champions Germany in the group stage of this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Hugo Broos' side, who lifted the African Nations Cup with victory over Egypt on Sunday, will also play Australia and Copa America winners Chile in Group B of the tournament.

The draw for the competition, which starts in June, was made in November, before the identity of the African champions was known.

In Group A, Euro 2016 winners Portugal will play hosts Russia, Gold Cup winners Mexico...