Tuesday 10 December 2019

Russia's cup bid apology

England 2018 are ready to withdraw their complaint to FIFA against the head of Russia's World Cup bid after receiving an apology from the Russian sports minister.

The English bid team had complained that Alexei Sorokin, chief executive of Russia 2018, highlighted London's "high crime rate" and youth alcohol problems in an interview that appeared to contravene FIFA's rules about talking about rival bidders.

Tensions between the rival tournament bidders then intensified after Viacheslav Koloskov, president of the Russian Football Union, referred to England 2018 as "absolutely primitive" and "comical".

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