Riots force River Plate stadium to close ahead of Copa America


By David Gold

June 27 – With less than a week to go until the start of the Copa America, the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, which was set to host the tournament’s final on July 24, has been forced to shut as a result of violence following River Plate’s shock relegation to the Nacional B Division.

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Flexible planning key to success of Russia 2018


By David Gold at the Inside World Football Forum in Moscow

June 24 – The deputy chief executive and international relations director of Russia’s World Cup 2018 Organising Committee believes money will not be an issue for its preparations for the tournament whilst speaking at the Inside World Football Moscow Forum.

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Sorokin: We were surprised as anyone when we won 2018 World Cup bid race


By Andrew Warshaw at the Inside World Football Forum in Moscow

June 24 – Alexey Sorokin, the head of Russia’s 2018 World Cup organisers, insisted today that his country had no idea they had prematurely won the vote back in December despite reports at the time that they knew about the landslide victory well before FIFA President Sepp Blatter opened the proverbial envelope.

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