Contents tagged with World Cup

  • Human Rights Watch calls for boycott of FIFA 2018 World Cup opening match in Russia

    Human Rights Watch, a prominent human rights organization, has called for a political boycott of the opening match of the World Cup, which will be held on June 14 in Russia. Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of the organization, announced this in a special statement on Tuesday, May 22.

    "World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister says he will watch 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin announced that he would undoubtedly be watching the world soccer tournament that will be held in Russia, but that he would not view it on Russian TV channels.

    "I will be watching World Cup broadcast because I believe that sport is sport. It is not soccer's fault that in 2018, Russia hosts the World Cup. There are teams and there are players to cheer for. For me, soccer is not only soccer but also art," the Minister said.

    "At the same time, I …

  • LPR and DPR residents to be banned from entering Russia during FIFA 2018 World Cup

    Russia intends to ban residents of the separate regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces from entering the country during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A statement to this effect was made by Oleh Slobodyan, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS), on his Facebook page.

    “As the SBGS has learned, as part of preparation for the FIFA-2018 football World Cup, security measures in Russia are being tightened. And so, in the period between June 1 and July 17, 2018, restrictions …

  • Russia grants visa to German journalist Seppelt for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and wants to question him

    German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas announced that Moscow has made concessions. The journalist for ARD, Hajo Seppelt, who is known for his revealing movies about doping in Russian sports, will be allowed to enter the Russian Federation. The Russian Investigative Committee stated that they want to question him about the case of doping, Deutsche Welle reports.  "Russia has just informed us that Hajo Seppelt can enter the country and stay at least during the Championship. We continue …

  • Ukrainian MPs propose to ban broadcasting of FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Four deputies of the Verkhovna Rada proposed to prohibit the broadcasting of 2018 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Russia,as stated in draft resolution Number 8343, submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on May 11.

    The authors of the document are the chairman of the Radical Party faction, Oleh Lyashko and the party deputies, Ihor Mosiychuk and Andriy Lozovyi, as well as the chairman of the Union Self Reliance faction, Oleh Bereziuk.

    Deputies proposed that broadcasting the matches "violates the …

  • ISIS threatens Russian national soccer team at the FIFA 2018 World Cup

    ISIS has repeatedly threatened security at the 2018 World Cup, which will take place in Russian cities from June 14 to July 15. In the most recent threat, the Islamist terrorist group released a photo-shopped poster online displaying jihadists brandishing AK47s, lined up opposite the Russian national football team with the phrases “big match,” “IS vs Russia” and “life or death” written on the poster. In the background of the poster, a silhouette of Russian President Vladimir Putin can be seen …

  • Ukraine refuses to attend FIFA Congress in Moscow

    The Soccer Federation of Ukraine (FFU) announced that it will not send its representatives to the 68th FIFA Congress, which will be held in Russia on June 12-13. According to a post by the FFU’s official website, the decision not to attend was made on April 24 at an FFU executive committee meeting.

    It is within FIFA’s power to place sanctions on Ukraine due to the absence of its representatives at the congress. To avoid this, the FFU announced they would empower the Charge d’Affaires of …

  • Members of European Parliament call for boycott of FIFA World Cup in Russia

    60 members of the European Parliament called on EU member states to boycott the FIFA World Cup in Russia, DW reports.

    The initiator of this appeal is a representative of the Green Party, Rebecca Harms. She believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be a host of the World Cup while the war continues in Syria and Ukraine. She also pointed out that Russia supports right-wing extremist and anti-democratic parties in the EU and has been trying to influence elections.

    Overall, the …

  • ISIS threatens Putin with terrorist attacks during FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Islamic State (ISIS) supporters are distributing posts on social networks containing threats of terrorist attacks during the World Cup 2018.

    The posts first appeared on the social network Telegram, where they were they distributed by the Wafa Media Foundation, an Islamic State-supporting organization. They also appeared later on Twitter.

    Most of the threats are personally directed against Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom ISIS accuses of massacring Muslims in Syria.

    Some of the posts …

  • Denmark is ready to join the boycott of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

    Representatives of the Danish authorities are likely to join the diplomatic boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, DR Nyheder reports.

    Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Michael Aastrup Jensen said that members of the royal family and other government officials will join the UK and Iceland in not attending the matches of the world championship held in Russia.

    "It will be difficult for Danish officials to go to Russia for this football festival. I do not think we …