Contents tagged with World Cup

  • ISIS threatens Russian national soccer team at the FIFA 2018 World Cup

    ISIS has repeatedly threatened security at the 2018 World Cup, which will take place in Russian cities from June 14 to July 15. In the most recent threat, the Islamist terrorist group released a photo-shopped poster online displaying jihadists brandishing AK47s, lined up opposite the Russian national football team with the phrases “big match,” “IS vs Russia” and “life or death” written on the poster. In the background of the poster, a silhouette of Russian President Vladimir Putin can be seen …

  • Ukraine refuses to attend FIFA Congress in Moscow

    The Soccer Federation of Ukraine (FFU) announced that it will not send its representatives to the 68th FIFA Congress, which will be held in Russia on June 12-13. According to a post by the FFU’s official website, the decision not to attend was made on April 24 at an FFU executive committee meeting.

    It is within FIFA’s power to place sanctions on Ukraine due to the absence of its representatives at the congress. To avoid this, the FFU announced they would empower the Charge d’Affaires of …

  • Members of European Parliament call for boycott of FIFA World Cup in Russia

    60 members of the European Parliament called on EU member states to boycott the FIFA World Cup in Russia, DW reports.

    The initiator of this appeal is a representative of the Green Party, Rebecca Harms. She believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be a host of the World Cup while the war continues in Syria and Ukraine. She also pointed out that Russia supports right-wing extremist and anti-democratic parties in the EU and has been trying to influence elections.

    Overall, the …

  • ISIS threatens Putin with terrorist attacks during FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Islamic State (ISIS) supporters are distributing posts on social networks containing threats of terrorist attacks during the World Cup 2018.

    The posts first appeared on the social network Telegram, where they were they distributed by the Wafa Media Foundation, an Islamic State-supporting organization. They also appeared later on Twitter.

    Most of the threats are personally directed against Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom ISIS accuses of massacring Muslims in Syria.

    Some of the posts …

  • Denmark is ready to join the boycott of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

    Representatives of the Danish authorities are likely to join the diplomatic boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, DR Nyheder reports.

    Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Michael Aastrup Jensen said that members of the royal family and other government officials will join the UK and Iceland in not attending the matches of the world championship held in Russia.

    "It will be difficult for Danish officials to go to Russia for this football festival. I do not think we …

  • Media: Ukrainians bought thousands of FIFA World Cup 2018 tickets

    Football 24 news outlet reports that Ukrainian citizens purchased more than four thousand tickets for 2018 World Cup matches in Russia.

    According to the publication’s source, FIFA sold 2,053 tickets for tournament matches to Ukrainian fans during the second phase, which lasted from December 5, 2017 to April 3, 2018.

    The first phase lasted from September 14 to November 28, 2017. During this time, Ukrainian fans purchased 2,087 tickets. Thus, the total number of tickets at the moment is 4,140. …

  • Russian world chess champion Garry Kasparov calls for a political boycott of the 2018 World Cup

    World-renowned chess champion Garry Kasparov calls for a boycott of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Kasparov addressed his concerns to foreign politicians in his column for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    A Russian Grandmaster, the 13th world chess champion Kasparov said that by boycotting the tournament at such a late stage, the individual teams would only be punishing themselves. "In principle, I do not favor late boycotts of sporting events, since I believe it …

  • Iceland announces diplomatic boycott of 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Iceland has declared a diplomatic boycott against the World Cup, which will take place in Russia in summer 2018.

    A statement on the boycott was released by the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

    "Iceland stands in solidarity with UK over the Salisbury attack, [and is] taking diplomatic measures against Russia. High-level bilateral dialogue with Russia [has been] postponed, resulting in Icelandic leaders not attending the FIFA World Cup. We urge Russia to cooperate with the …

  • Czech biathlete: There is no anti-doping agency in Russia that would comply with the WADA Code

    Czech biathlete Michal Krčmář doubted that his doping tests would be safe during the World Cup in Russia. According to him, the decision of the Czech national team to boycott the competitions in Tyumen is the right one, Sport iDNES cited the athlete.

    "I'm afraid to go to Russia, because there is no anti-doping agency there that complies with the WADA Code. I'm not sure that my doping tests will be safe. Nobody knows what they can do with them. If the Russians can write letters threatening us, …

  • Ukrainian President calls on the West to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

    In an interview with the German news agency Funke Mediengruppe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on western countries to toughen the sanctions against the Russian Federation and boycott the FIFA World Cup which will take place in Russia on July 14, 2018, DW reports.

    Poroshenko said he counted on the support of the new German Government. "I expect that all the coalition partners in Germany will stand for the freedom, democracy and territorial integrity of Ukraine," he said. …