75 stranded World Cup fans absconded in Russia, says Foreign Affairs ministry (Guardian)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says 75 out of 230 stranded Nigerian Football fans absconded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The ministry’s spokesperson, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja that…

Pussy riot members lose appeal over World Cup pitch invasion (Ndtv.Sports)

A Russian court on Monday threw out appeals by Pussy Riot punk group members after they were sentenced to brief jail terms for invading the pitch at the World Cup final. The Moscow City Court upheld their 15-day sentences in…

Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit (BBC)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rounded on US critics of his first bilateral summit with President Donald Trump on Monday, in Helsinki. Certain forces in the US wanted to sacrifice US-Russian ties for their “narrow party interests”, he told a…

Trump calls the European Union a ‘foe’ of the United States (CNN)

President Donald Trump named the European Union, Russia and China as foes to the United States during an interview at his golf club in Scotland. “I think we have a lot of foes,” Trump told CBS News in an interview…

Trump lawyer blasts Russia probe as ‘most corrupt’ ever (ST)

A lawyer for US President Donald Trump on Sunday (July 8) sharpened his attacks on the special counsel inquiry into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia, calling it “the most corrupt investigation that I’ve ever seen.” That charge by lawyer…

Pinnick in charge of France, Uruguay quarterfinal duel (Guardian)

President of Nigeria Football Federation and member, Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has been picked as the Match Commissioner for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal game between France and Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod. Pinnick,…

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo row ends in DIVORCE ‘as football-mad Russian couple split during World Cup 2018’ (Mirror)

A Russian man has filed for divorce after a blazing row with his wife over whether Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. According to a report in newspaper ‘Argumento I Fakti’ the football-mad couple – named only as Arsen…

World Cup hosts Russia knock Spain out on penalties in round of 16 (Kwese.Espn)

Hosts Russia advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties after a 1-1 draw on a dramatic afternoon in Moscow. Sergei Ignashevish’s own goal gave Spain an early lead before Artem Dzyuba levelled, but neither side could find another breakthrough…

Host Nation Russia face Spain Challenge for Quater-final Place (ThisDay)

World Cup fever is well and truly on and the hosts will be hoping the feel-good factor continues as the Russian football team battle the odds today when they face their biggest challenge to date in one of the pre-tournament…

Morocco is first country to report referees to FIFA (Guardian)

Morocco yesterday became the first country to take its case against officiating at the on-going World Cup to football governing body, FIFA. Morocco, which was in group B of the competition in Russia, complained that a series of officiating mistakes…

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