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112.ua: FIFA states no positive doping probes among players participating in World Cup

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FIFA officially states that there are no positive doping probes among players participating in the World Cup. The press service of the authority reported that on July 12; 3,985 samples were taken in course of 2,037 tests. Over 1,500 players were tested at first; then, the test pool was expanded. ...

Ukrainian soccer to pay Ognjen Vukojević’s fine for ‘Glory to Ukraine’ video

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When the Croatian Football Federation fired associate coach Ognjen Vukojević for appearing in an ostensibly pro-Ukrainian video during the World Cup in Moscow, it wasn’t the only one punishing him. International soccer association FIFA also fined him 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,150). Now, the Footba...

UNIAN: Ukrainains crash FIFA ratings in flash mob over Vida video

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After FIFA condemned a video where following a dramatic win over Russia in World Cup quarterfinals Croatian defender and ex-Dynamo Kyiv player Domagoj Vida exclaimed “Glory to Ukraine” while ex-national team member Ognjen Vukojevic (another ex-Dynamo player) said the victory was for D...

RFE/RL: FIFA warns Croatian player over ‘Glory to Ukraine’ comment

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World soccer’s governing body has issued a formal warning to a Croatian player over his praise of Ukraine after his team knocked host Russia out of the World Cup. However, FIFA’s decision on July 8 will not prevent Croatian defender Domagoj Vida from playing in his team’s semifinal ma...

Associated Press: FIFA investigates Croatia player’s Ukraine video

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FIFA said Sunday it is investigating a video of a Croatia player praising Ukraine after his team beat World Cup host Russia. Read more here. The post Associated Press: FIFA investigates Croatia player’s Ukraine video appeared first on KyivPost.

Euronews: FIFA invites Thai boys trapped in cave to World Cup final

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has invited the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a cave in Thailand to join the World Cup final. Read more here. The post Euronews: FIFA invites Thai boys trapped in cave to World Cup final appeared first on KyivPost.

Reuters: Putin says World Cup has broken stereotypes about Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on July 6 that his country’s hosting of the soccer World Cup had helped debunk stereotypes about it. Russia’s host nation status had been met with resistance by some in the West who suggested the tournament could be unsafe and play into the hands of Putin, wh...

UNIAN: Ukraine accuses soccer team of ‘supporting separatism’

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Ukraine said on June 11 it would investigate possible separatist activities in a team of ethnic Hungarian soccer players from Ukraine who won a tournament billed as an alternative to the World Cup in Russia. The tournament run by the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) hos...

UNIAN: European Parliament to call on diplomats to boycott World Cup in Russia

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Members of the European Parliament are set to adopt a resolution calling on diplomats to boycott FIFA World Cup 2018 hosted by Russia. “The European Parliament is likely to call for a diplomatic boycott of the 2018 World Cup in a resolution on human rights in Russia that is set to pass on 1...

BBC: Why Russian workers are being taught how to smile

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Ahead of the World Cup, several organisations such as Russian Railways, Fifa and the Moscow Metro are conducting special training to teach their staff to be more polite and helpful to foreign visitors and, in particular, to smile more. Read more here. The post BBC: Why Russian workers are being t...

Euronews: Meet Achilles, the deaf cat predicting this year’s World Cup results

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Achilles, a resident of the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, is currently in full training mode, studying the teams heading to Russia to compete in the world’s biggest football championship. Read more here. The post Euronews: Meet Achilles, the deaf cat predicting this year’s Wor...

Censor.net: FIFA grants Russia no permission to open official World Cup 2018 fan zones in occupie...

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Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) did not grant Russia permission to open official World Cup fan zones on the occupied Ukrainian peninsula. Read more here.   The post Censor.net: FIFA grants Russia no permission to open official World Cup 2018 fan zones in occupied Cri...

Lufthansa scraps commercial filmed in Kyiv for World Cup in Russia

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German airline Lufthansa has removed a video commercial for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after viewers noticed that much of it had been filmed not in Russia, but in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The video advertised Lufthansa’s flight connections to Russia, which hosts the 2018 World Cup...

112.ua: Inter TV channel to broadcast FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

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The games of 2018 FIFA World Cup will be broadcasted in Ukraine, with Inter TV channel being the official broadcaster. Read more here. The post 112.ua: Inter TV channel to broadcast FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia appeared first on KyivPost.

The Moscow Times: FIFA says Russians to take no part in World Cup drug testing

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Russians will not be involved in drug testing procedures at the 2018 World Cup as FIFA looks to reassure teams that samples cannot be tampered with, the Times newspaper reported based on an interview with the governing body’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe. A 2016 report c...

BBC: FIFA finds ‘insufficient evidence’ of doping among Russian World Cup players

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FIFA says it has found “insufficient” evidence of doping among Russian footballers set to compete in this summer’s World Cup. Read more here. The post BBC: FIFA finds ‘insufficient evidence’ of doping among Russian World Cup players appeared first on KyivPost.

Meduza: Russian military to deploy ‘mobile electronic warfare stations’ ahead of World Cup

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To guard against drone attacks during this summer’s FIFA World Cup, the Russian military will deploy mobile electronic warfare stations in all 11 cities where games will take place between June 14 and July 15. By executive order, the Russian authorities will also be cracking down on alcohol sales...

RFE/RL: Ahead of World Cup, rights watchdog points to abuses in Russia

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The upcoming football World Cup organized by Russia will take place amid “the worst human rights crisis in Russia since the Soviet era,” Human Rights Watch said on May 15. In a report published May 15 and titled Russia: FIFA World Cup 2018 — Human Rights Guide For Reporters, the...

112.ua: Ukrainian lawmakers mull illegalizing FIFA World Cup broadcast

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Any broadcast of the approaching FIFA World Cup in Russia should be banned in Ukraine; this is stipulated in the draft law No. 8343, offered by the MPs from Radical Party and Samopomich party.  The bill offers the Ukrainian Parliament to officially recognize the broadcast of the tournament in Ukr...

The Guardian: Football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup, says Trump official

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Football fans should “think twice” about traveling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the diplomatic crisis between Vladimir Putin and the west, a senior White House official has warned. The tournament kicks off on 14 June under the shadow of tit-for-tat...

Bloomberg: FIFA fines World Cup host Russia for racist chanting by fans

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FIFA fined Russian soccer’s governing body for racist chants by local fans in a game against France, just five weeks before the World Cup is set to begin amid concerns that the country’s sports officials have failed to address racism among fans. The Russian organization was fined 30,000 Swiss fra...

RFE/RL: Ukraine’s soccer federation to shun FIFA Congress in Moscow

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A spokesman for Ukraine’s soccer federation has said the organization will skip a meeting of world soccer’s governing body scheduled to be held in Moscow this summer. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Ukraine’s soccer federation to shun FIFA Congress in Moscow appeared first on K...

112.ua: Football – Ukraine ranked 30th among national teams

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FIFA refreshed its ranking for the world’s national teams. Thanks to the recent draw against Saudi Arabia and the victory over Japan, Ukraine currently appears to be placed 30th on the list, going up by five ranks. Read more here. The post 112.ua: Football – Ukraine ranked 30th among ...

UkrInform: Ukraine returning to top 30 in FIFA rating

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Ukraine will climb five spots in the FIFA rating for April, from 35th to 30th place, following friendly matches against Saudi Arabia (1-1) and Japan (2-1). The Blue-Yellows will have a coefficient of 777 points in the updated FIFA ranking, according to Ukrinform. Read more here.  The post UkrInfo...

Reuters: FIFA sure of World Cup security despite fresh Russian fan violence

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BARCELONA – FIFA said on Feb.23 it had every confidence in its security measures at the World Cup in Russia after hooliganism in the host nation came under fresh scrutiny following violent incidents involving Spartak Moscow supporters in which a policeman died of a heart attack. Read more h...