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By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Valcke: World Cup boycott 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insists talk of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia is nonsense.

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1 day ago

FIFA's Jerome Valcke says 2018 boycott talk is 'nonsense'

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke says there is doubt about the validity of the Russian and Qatar World Cup bids following Judge Eckert's report.

SOCHI, Russia -- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be "nonsense."

Some European politicians have suggested that European countries could boycott the World Cup over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which many Western governments accuse Russia of provoking.

Valcke says talk of a boycott is an attempt to "provoke" discord rather than "to be realistic on what the world is today."

He says the World Cup "is a sporting event" and has "nothing to...

By ESPN Staff
3 days ago

Highlights: Hungary 1-2 Russia

Alexander Kerzhakov scored the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Hungary in Budapest.

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6 days ago

Report: Hans-Joachim Eckert, Michael Garcia set FIFA probe meeting date

Former FA Chairman David Bernstein has called on UEFA to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and FIFA watchdog Michael Garcia are reported to be meeting on Thursday to discuss the American lawyer's World Cup bidding probe, according to Sky Sports.

Garcia sought the meeting after his ethics panel co-chairman Eckert last week released a summary of Garcia's investigation into World Cup bidding that the former U.S. federal prosecutor calls "incomplete and erroneous."

Swiss law professor Mark Pieth, one of four senior figures involved in the FIFA reform...

7 days ago

Fabio Capello OK with Russia's play despite defeat in Austria

A goal from Rubin Okotie gave Austria the edge in their Group G Euro 2016 qualifier over Russia.

Russia coach Fabio Capello said he thought his team played well despite falling to a 1-0 defeat in Austria on Saturday.

Rubin Okotie was able to slot home from Harnik's teasing cross on a first-half counter-attack, and Austria were able to hang on to win. 

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"Tough game. The result is not OK for us because we played a good game," Capello said. "We had our chances to score goals we did not score. This is the problem. And then we made the one mistake and they scored a goal.

"We played a good game....