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‘Brazen cheats & poison experts’: Rampant Russophobe warns of England team attack at WC

UK journalist and self-styled ‘Russia expert’, Edward Lucas, has warned that the England football team could be poisoned on state orders at this summer’s Russia 2018 World Cup. Renowned Russophobe Lucas suggested that Russian authorities could covertly “attack” the England team in Russia, using alleged KGB methods of poison, and may even manipulate officials at the tournament. “The Russians are ...

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Blood spurts from Russian weightlifter’s nose during half-tonne deadlift (VIDEO)

This is the shocking moment blood exploded from a Russian weightlifter’s nose while attempting a near half-tonne deadlift during a competition in the United States. Mikhail Shivlyakov was attempting to deadlift 426kg (939lb) at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend, when halfway through the lift lines of claret shot from his nose. Shivlyakov however completed ...

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UEFA finds ‘no evidence’ Spartak youth captain racially abused Liverpool player

UEFA has announced that it will not initiate disciplinary proceedings against Spartak Moscow U19 captain Leonid Mironov amid allegations he racially abused Liverpool player Rhian Brewster during a match. Mironov admitted swearing at England youth international winger Brewster during the match on December 6 at Prenton Park, England, but a UEFA statement says the Russian “unreservedly denied” using racist language. ...

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Boxing Barbie in likeness of bisexual British fighter aims to strike down stereotypes

British boxer Nicola Adams has been honored with a Barbie doll in her likeness, which she hopes will strike a body blow to sexist stereotypes. Adams, who is bisexual, became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title at her home London Olympic Games in 2012. That same year, she was named among the 101 most influential LGBT figures ...

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Russian international footballers grant dream gifts to young disabled fans

Russia’s international footballers have made the wishes of two young disabled fans come true by giving them their dream presents as part of the ‘New Year wishes’ initiative launched by the Russian Football Union (RFU). Last autumn, the RFU launched the ‘New Year wishes’ project in which Russian national team players aimed to fulfill the dreams of young football fans, ...

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FIFA plans Muslim-friendly travel guides for Russia 2018 World Cup

FIFA is planning to issue travel guides for an expected 100,000 Muslim fans at the Russia 2018 World Cup. The guides will detail the locations of mosques, halal restaurants, and even information on prayer times. A total seven Muslim-majority countries qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup this summer: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iran, Tunisia, Senegal and Nigeria. ...

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2018 World Cup – 100 days to go: Leaving a legacy for Russia

With exactly 100 days to go until Russia and Saudi Arabia meet in the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, excitement and expectation are building across the country. Four hundred kilometers to the east of the Russian capital, Nizhny Novgorod is one of the places holding a celebration to mark the ‘100 days to go’ milestone.  ...

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‘If Colombia win the World Cup, I’ll shave my head’: New RT signing Carlos Valderrama

With 100 days until Russia 2018, Colombian football icon Carlos Valderrama has been revealed as RT’s latest signing for the channel’s World Cup special coverage, and has made a hair-raising promise ahead of the tournament. Former midfield general Valderrama was known as much for his shock of curly blonde hair as for captaining his country at three World Cup finals. ...

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FIFA heads talk Russia 2018 preparation & maximizing positive World Cup impact

With 100 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup, preparations for the football showpiece are in full swing to make sure the tournament is carried out with the highest level of fan safety. The FIFA Team Workshop recently took place in host city Sochi, where some of FIFA’s top officials, including Head of Sustainability and Diversity Federico Addiechi ...

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UK participation in World Cup compromised if Russian link to ex-spy case proven – Boris Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that the UK’s participation in the 2018 World Cup this summer may not “go ahead as normal” if Russia’s involvement in the illness of an ex-spy in England is proven. Johnson was discussing the Russia 2018 tournament in the House of Commons in the context of an incident at the weekend when Russian ...

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