Posts Tagged Eastern Europe

Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter leaves after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England. The dates of the 2022 tournament will be confirmed in March by the FIFA executive committee, which Blatter heads. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer’s racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there “must be some sanctions” if the extremism is not eradicated.

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Francesco Friedrich of Germany retains bobsled world title

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Francesco Friedrich of Germany retained his two-man bobsled World Championship title on Sunday.

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Russia’s Pavlichenko wins European luge title

SOCHI (AP) — Russia’s Semyon Pavlichenko won the European championship men’s luge title Sunday in front of his home crowd, adding to the world title he won last month.

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Fog Again: Women’s World Cup halted in Bulgaria

The race course of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G event is engulfed in fog, in Bansko, Bulgaria, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The race has been canceled. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — The women’s World Cup racing has been canceled for a second straight day due to fog in southern Bulgaria.

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Scale of racism in World Cup host Russia exposed by study

In this June 10, 2012, file photo,  Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie walks from the pitch after the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. UEFA said it is investigating reports by anti-racism experts of abuse directed at the Czech players during Russia's 4-1 victory. Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a dossier provided to The Associated Press revealed on Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON (AP) — Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.

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