Contents tagged with FIFA World Cup

  • Bloggers find evidence of Russia bribing FIFA officials ahead of 2018 World Cup

    In the hacked correspondence of Sergei Kapkov, former head of the Moscow Department of Culture, the Black Mirror Telegram channel has found evidence that Russia may have bribed FIFA officials in order to get the right to host the 2018 World Cup. Among the correspondence published on Tuesday, October 29, was a letter from Alexander Djordjadze, head of the Russia 2018 organizing committee, dated March 15, 2010, which contained a dossier on each member of FIFA’s executive committee.

    Joseph …

  • Kremlin: Russia uses anti-drone systems in Syria

    The Russian Silok-01 and Zhitel anti-drone systems which were used in soccer stadiums during the FIFA World Cup 2018 have been put to use in Syria, press service of Russia’s Central Military District reported.

    According to Central Military District Commander Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin, the anti-drone systems “have successfully proved themselves during the operation in the Syrian Arab Republic”.

    The systems were presented to the chiefs of general staff of the Shanghai Cooperation …

  • Putin meets with Macron on the eve of his meeting with Trump  

    Russian President Vladimir Putin met with French President Emmanuel Macron on July 15th in the Kremlin, as stated by the official website of the Russian president.“Gradually the usual channels of cooperation are being restored. This gives reason to believe that we will overcome all obstacles that we have dealt with in the past” states the press service of the Kremlin quoting the words of the President.

    The Kremlin website does not specify the details of the conversation. At the same time, The …

  • Sweden allows government officials to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after the national team made the playoffs

    The Government of Sweden expressed its refusal to boycott the football World Cup held in Russia after the success of its national football team, reports the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

    "After the national team made the playoff of the tournament from first place in a group, the Swedish Cabinet of Ministers considered it important to support their soccer players. The cabinet members will be present at team games at the FIFA World Cup,” stated the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot …

  • Netherlands issues stamp with soccer player shooting down MH17

    The Netherlands’ national mail operator, PostNL, has printed stamps depicting a connection between the FIFA World Cup in Russia and the MH17 aviation catastrophe of 2014, Dutch News outlet NOS reports. The stamp depicts a person kicking a ball so that it collides with a passenger plane. Below the image, the stamp reads “FIFA World Cup RUSSIA 2018”.

    The stamps were ordered through PostNL’s website, where anyone can design and order stamps with a personalized image. The company confirmed that an …

  • Russia restricts air traffic over cities hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup

    The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency announced restrictions on the use of airspace over the cities hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The restrictions will be effective from June 1 to July 17.

    The Ministry of Transport announced that “additional restricted flight zones have been established above the cities… as well as over the teams’ recreation bases and training grounds."

    The Ministry noted that the ban also applies to quadcopters. "Recently, there has been a significant …

  • German journalist who reported on doping in Russia denied visa to FIFA 2018 World Cup

    Hajo Seppelt, a journalist of the German television company ARD, was denied the Russian visa needed to travel to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Deutsche Welle reports.

    On Friday, May 11, ARD’s press service reported that Seppelt was included in Russia’s list of “undesirable persons.” Details of the decision made by Russia have not been reported yet.

    The German media company called Seppelt’s visa refusal “a unique event in the history of ARD sports journalism, and from the point of view of coverage …

  • U.S. Senator says contenders for host nation for World Cup 2018 would help FIFA find an alternative to Russia

    The American Democratic Senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, suggests that other countries willing to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well as the U.S. Football Federation can help the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to find an alternative for Russia. This is stated in a letter to FIFA president Giovanni Infantino, which the politician sent on Wednesday.

    In his message, Blumenthal urges FIFA leadership to reconsider the decision to hold the 2018 World Cup in …

  • German politicians are considering a possible boycott of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

    After the large-scale arrests of anti-corruption protesters in Moscow involving police violence, German politicians have renewed discussions about a possible boycott of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Deutsche Welle reports.

    Since December 2008, when the International Federation of Association Football decided to hold the world championship in Russia, the situation which civil society in Russia finds itself in has deteriorated sharply, said Gernot Erler, commissioner of the German …