Now for football. Stage set for Russia’s Confederations Cup kick off amid human rights and ticketing concerns

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By Samindra Kunti in St Petersburg, Russia

June 16 – With the Confederations Cup set to kick off tomorrow with hosts Russia facing New Zealand in the newly completed Kreztovsky stadium in St Petersburg, CEO of the Local Organising Committee Alexei Sorokin said they could not find corroboration of the “alarming” allegations made in the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report into construction workers’ conditions at World Cup stadium sites.  Meanwhile, stadia are slowing filling though there are still 7,000 tickets for the opening game.

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FIFA urges refs to abandon Confed Cup games if racism runs out of control

Say no to racism

By Paul Nicholson

June 15 – FIFA has re-inforced a three-stage process that will ultimately give referees at the Confederations Cup in Russia the power to abandon games if discriminatory behaviour by fans gets out of control. This follows a procedure first encouraged by UEFA in 2009 and re-iterated in 2013 following incidents in Italy and the comments of then FIFA president Sepp Blatter that fines were not sufficient to combat the issues.

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