Russia 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. (WFI)
Russia 2018 Denies “Dirty Tricks”
Organizers of Russia 2018 have denied any knowledge of alleged “dirty tricks” used in the campaign to win World Cup hosting rights.
According to London’s Daily Telegraph, the FBI last month launched an inquiry into the bid process and now claims its investigators have “substantial evidence” of attempted email hacking of USA 2022 bid officials.
In a Thursday statement, World Cup organizers denied any knowledge of wrongdoing and said that they had acted in a “transparent” way.
“We at Russia 2018 are proud of the way we conducted ourselves throughout a long and highly competitive campaign; as an LOC, we are driven by exactly the same transparency, commitment to excellence and spirit of Fair Play that underpinned our successful bid,” said the organizing committee.
“Right now, our focus is on ensuring the momentum behind our preparations continues to build. We are already looking forward to welcoming the global football community to a celebration of the values we all share and the game we all love in 2018.”
The FBI is reportedly also investigating the allegations of bribery against several Caribbean Football Union officials in the scandal involving Mohamed Bin Hammam’s collapsed bid for the FIFA presidency in June.

Club World Cup Kicks Off
The 2011 Club World Cup kicked off Thursday with a victory for Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol, who beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-0 in the showpiece Toyota Stadium.
Junya Tanaka celebrates his goal. (Getty Images)
FIFA’s premier club competition includes club champions from each confederation, and Kashiwa will next line up against CONCACAF’s Mexican champions Monterrey on Sunday.
Junya Tanaka and Masato Kudo scored the only 2 goals in a rather pedestrian match to set up the next clash for Kashiwa, who only qualified for
the tournament last weekend by clinching the J-League title.
The other clubs vying to be the best in the world are Al Sadd (Qatar) and Esperance (Tunisia) as well as Santos (Brazil) and Barcelona (Spain), both of whom join the competition at the semi-final stage next week.
The final will be played on December 18.

Good Causes for Qatar 2022
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be used to promote good and charitable causes, according to the Qatar 2022 supreme committee.
Qatar 2022 supreme committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi headed the Gulf state bid. (Getty Images)
This week, on the one year anniversary of the gulf nation being awarded the right to
host the tournament, organizers donated $400,000 to help famine victims in Somalia.
The proceeds from a friendly hosted in the country’s capital Doha last month between Brazil and Egypt also was donated to a Qatari organization that gives aid to those suffering in Somalia.
“During the bidding process we always stressed the importance of football and the Fifa World Cup as catalysts for positive change,” said Qatar 2022 supreme committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi.
“This initiative is one of many initiatives that we will undertake with the goal of harnessing the power of football to make a difference in people’s lives – in our region and beyond.”
The Somalia Football Federation responded gratefully to the donation with its chief Said Mahmoud Nur saying: “My particular thanks and gratefulness are due to the Qatar FA president his highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani for hosting the friendly match in a bid to raise money for his brothers in Somalia.”

By INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge

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