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Russian soccer official says country must tackle racism

In this file photo taken on Sunday, July 13, 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a soccer ball during the official ceremony of handover to Russia as the 2018 World Cup hosts, after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. 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, Feb. 27, 2015. Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for UEFA, cataloged more than 200 cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian football across two seasons.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia needs to crack down on racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup, the general secretary of the Russian Football Union said Tuesday.

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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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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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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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Spanish, Italian matchups in 3rd round of Europa League

Everton's Romelu Lukaku takes the ball downfield during his team's Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Everton and BSC Young Boys at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — All-Spanish and all-Italian matches headed the third-round draw in a Europa League increasingly affected by political tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

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