• 2018 World Cup host Russia: FIFA crisis being disruptive

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the corruption crisis engulfing FIFA has thwarted communication with the embattled governing body.

  • FIFA asks Russia why it banned player for reaction to racism

    In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Ghanaian soccer player Emmanuel Frimpong speaks during a press conference in Athens. FIFA has asked the Russian Football Union to explain why it banned a Ghanaian footballer for two matches for his reaction to fan racism and did not sanction the alleged abusers' team. In video from Friday, July 17, 2015's Russian Premier League game, Spartak Moscow fans could be heard racially taunting FC Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong. Reacting with a finger gesture to the fans led to Frimpong being banned for two games, while Spartak escaped punishment over the latest racism incident to blight Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The RFU found no evidence of racism (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA has asked the Russian Football Union to explain the latest high-profile incident of racism that saw a Ghanaian player banned for two matches for his reaction to fan abuse and the alleged abusers’ team escape action.