(WFI) Russia looks to prove it’s ready to host FIFA’s showpiece event.
(WFI) Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA president Gianni Infantino ahead of next month’s FIFA Confederations Cup.
June 14 – Russian football’s hooliganism problem may be one of Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura’s top priorities when she takes up the post of FIFA secretary general on Monday.
June 13 – Russia and England could be kicked out of Euro 2016 if there is any more fan violence that has marred the opening days of the tournament. Mark Bisson reports.
August 19 – Russia is on a collision course with FIFA over the number of cities and stadiums it uses for the 2018 World Cup. By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
Feb. 6 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter restates his opposition to age limits for sports administrators and talks about the “evils” in society at the IOC Session. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Sochi.
October 30 – FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has dismissed a proposal by UEFA president Michel Platini to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams… Date for preliminary draw set. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
October 29 – FIFA’s concerns over racism in Russian football will be one of the topics discussed at a meeting between Jerome Valcke and the Russia 2018 LOC board in Kazan today… FIFA comms director Walter de Gregorio and Brazil 2014 speakers among participants at Play the Game conference.
October 28 – Sepp Blatter uses a speech to strongly defend his and FIFA’s corruption-hit reputations… The Swiss calls for tougher punishments for racism in separate address to FA’s 150th anniversary gala… Blatter to meet Emir of Qatar next week to discuss workers’ rights allegations. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
August 13 – Russia 2018 chief Alexey Sorokin says the World Cup is “not a stage for various views… not for Nazis, not for any other ways of life”. More in this exclusive interview with World Football INSIDER editor Mark Bisson.