(WTI) Possible racist chants against French players in St. Petersburg concern football’s officials
May 1 – Vitaly Mutko tells World Football INSIDER that Russia will “solve” its football racism problem in preparations for the 2018 World Cup. In an exclusive interview, Mutko also dismissed concerns over the country’s transport plans for the tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
April 6 – Russian PM wants budgets for World Cup stadia construction finalised by June. Today, he urged the country’s football authorities to reverse the slump in the national team’s fortunes and deliver a strong side for the tournament… Diamond producer seeks Russia 2018 sponsorship. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
20/9/2010 Saint Petersburg will host a World Cup semi-final in a 69,500-seat stadium with a moveable roof and retractable pitch if Russia is successful in its 2018 bid… Reporters on media tour meet bid leaders including Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov on Tuesday. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports from Saint Petersburg.
19/8/2010 The head of FIFA’s inspection team evaluating the Russian World Cup bid says he is “impressed” by the personal assurances given by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and hails the country’s legacy plans.
17/8/2010 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promises FIFA inspectors his country will waive visa requirements for players and fans if its 2018 World Cup bid is successful. He also pledges that plans for new and renovated venues will be realised even if Russia misses out on the hosting rights.