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Sepp Blatter warns against World Cup 2018 boycott

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for Dec. 18 in Qatar.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter warned against a boycott of the 2018 World Cup and said the world governing body had every right to move the 2022 tournament to the winter.

Ukraine's president has called for a boycott of the 2018 tournament in protest at Russian military involvement with pro-Moscow separatists.

Blatter responded by claiming the World Cup could actually help bring peace.

He told a news conference in Zurich: "What is 100 percent is that the World Cup will take place in Russia in 2018, that's...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Russian leader: Ukraine's attempts to spur 2018 World Cup boycott will fail

The stadium of Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk was damaged in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

Attempts to boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia are doomed to fail, the Russian Football Union's former president Vyacheslav Koloskov says.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on his country's allies to boycott FIFA's biggest event while pro-Russian separatists occupy portions of his country. Shakhtar Donetsk have played 1,200 kilometres away from their home city this season because of the conflict.

Poroshenko, who is in Germany to ask Chancellor Angela Merkel for tougher...

Russia plan anti-racism summit over 2018 World Cup fears

The head of Russia's football union said on Thursday that the football federation are addressing the issue of racism in the country.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has relayed his confidence in the Russian organising committee to deliver the 2018 World Cup amid concerns over their preparations.

MOSCOW -- Russia is planning an international anti-racism summit this year to try and get on top of the problem before hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The conference is a response to a report which detailed more than 200 cases of discriminatory behaviour linked to Russian football over two seasons, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told Russian media.

Mutko said the conference would be held jointly with one of the two organisations behind that report, the UK-based Fare network.

"We'll be holding a congress...

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FIFA's Jeffrey Webb says Russia 'can't have a World Cup' with current racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists the 2022 World Cup final won't be held on December 23, but won't offer any further concessions to angry European leagues.

FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb said a World Cup cannot be held in Russia with the current level of racism that exists in the country.

Webb, who also serves as chairman of FIFA's Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force, spoke to ESPN FC in Philadelphia on Thursday and said, "Definitely, Russia poses a huge challenge for FIFA and the World Cup from a racism standpoint."

It has been more than four years since FIFA awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia despite a history of racist chants and actions...