World Cup 2022: Qatar accused of secret campaign to sabotage rivals

The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team ran a secret campaign in 2010 to sabotage competing host bids, according to a report published by the Sunday Times. The paper claims to have seen leaked documents that show the Qatari bid team employed a US PR firm and ex- CIA agents to smear its rivals – mainly the United States and Australia. The alleged aim was to create propaganda to give the impression that a World Cup would not be supported domestically. The Qatar tournament organisers deny the allegations. Such a…

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2018 World Cup fallout: Over 230 stranded Nigerians return from Russia

Relief came the way of more than 230 Nigerians that were stranded in Russia after the just-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup as they returned to the country yesterday (Friday), following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that the ministry of foreign affairs should effect their trips back home. The ministry’s spokesperson, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile, disclosed that the stranded Nigerians were cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to the federal capital, Abuja, following the order from President Buhari on July 16. Buhari had directed the ministers of foreign affairs and…

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Putin says Russia thwarted 25m cyber attacks during World Cup

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Almost 25 million cyber attacks and other crimes on Russian IT infrastructure involved in organising the World Cup have been neutralised, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in comments released on Monday. Putin thanked representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world for their assistance in ensuring safety during the football most prestigious tournament. Law enforcement representatives from 34 countries collaborated in providing security, Putin said in a speech, according to a Kremlin transcript. “People who came to our country really felt safe and were able to calmly and comfortably…

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BREAKING: France wins FIFA World Cup

France has won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, defeating Croatia 4-2 Mario Mandzukic scored an own-goal to open scoring, with referee Nestor Pitana awarding a penalty to Les Blues after a confirmation from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after 38 minutes. Antonio Griezmann converted the spot kick, sending goalkeeper Subasic the wrong way. Paul Pogba scored the third on 59 minutes before Kylian Mbappe found the net for France in the 65th minute Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic, however, got the goals for the Croatians in the 28th and 69th…

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Belgium beat England to third place

Belgium defeated England 2-0 in their third-place play-off at the St Petersburg stadium. Thomas Meunier gave Belgium an early lead while Eden Hazard ensured victory with his goal in the 82nd minute. After rueful losses to finalists, France and Croatia in the semifinals, Belgium and England squared off for some consolation to take back home. Belgium took an early lead four minutes into the encounter, defender Meunier running beyond Danny Rose to get on the end of Nacir Chadli’s cross, slotting beyond Pickford’s outstretched leg to finish off a counter…

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BREAKING: Croatia beat England 2-1 to reach World Cup final

Croatia soared to World Cup final as it beat England 2-1 in their semi-final encounter in Russia on Wednesday. Croatia and England were locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time in their World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday. Kieran Trippier gave England a dream start in the Luzhniki Stadium, curling in a free-kick past the despairing dive of Danijel Subasic in just the fifth minute. But Ivan Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross past…

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World Cup 2018: Five times VAR made a difference

The following factbox details five times a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made an impact at the World Cup. France 2-1 Australia June 16, 2018 Group C France’s first game against Australia was the first time VAR was used to award a penalty at the World Cup. Antoine Griezmann was through on goal and inside the penalty area before he went down under contact from Josh Risdon. Referee Andres Cunha allowed play to continue, but stopped the game after being alerted by the VAR. The referee checked replays on a pitch-side…

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Russian authorities clamp down on Nigerians

…Haul fans to prisons Police handcuff fans trying to cross borders Nigerian football fans that came to Russia for the ongoing World Cup are making news for the wrong reasons. Our correspondent reliably learnt that many of these fans did not watch a single match as their attempt was to move to other countries from Russia, hosts of the Mundial. New Telegraph yesterday learnt that some of them trying to travel to Belarus and Finland were already in police custody. One of the fans to the Mundial, Kennedy Nwankwo, revealed…

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World Cup: Belgium knock out Brazil to reach semi-finals

Belgium produced a brilliant performance to knock five-time winners Brazil out of the World Cup and reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1986. Roberto Martinez’s side turned on the style in Kazan to clock up their fifth straight win of the tournament and ensure the semi-finals will be contested by four European sides for the first time. Brazil had conceded just one goal in their past four games in Russia but were behind early when Nacer Chadli’s corner struck Fernandinho’s arm and flew into the net, the 10th…

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Nigerian fan seeks asylum in Russia after death threats

A Nigerian fan who arrived in Moscow for the 2018 World Cup has asked for political asylum in Russia because his life was threatened in his homeland. “A football fan from Nigeria, born in 1987, has asked political asylum in the Russian Federation. He said that he had taken part in anti-government actions in his homeland and now Nigerian governmental troops allegedly threaten his life,” a Russian law source said. He added that the Nigerian was conveyed to the Russian Federal Migration Service.

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