Sept. 2 – Vitaly Mutko, sports minister and 2018 World Cup chief, increases his grip on Russian football after being unanimously elected president of the country’s soccer federation on Wednesday.
March 29 – No word yet whether state energy firm will extend sponsorship of Russian Football Union … Allstate partners with Major League Soccer talent search … More inside this edition of The Football Sponsorship Column …
July 18 – Russian FA confirms talks are ongoing but denies deal with Fabio Capello has been reached… Bayern Munich boss says Sepp Blatter’s credibility is running low… UEFA operations director Martin Kallen cites “outstanding tournament” and “great party”. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
June 27 – FIFPro chief Theo van Seggelen suggests state influence in Sergei Fursenko’s resignation… FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein “appalled” by attacks that killed nine young footballers in Iraq… Russia, Spain charged by UEFA over alleged racist chants. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports
Sept. 9 – The Russian Football Union introduces new strict rules to clamp down on bad behaviour among Russian football fans leading up to – and during – the 2018 FIFA World Cup. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.