VAR checked 335 incidents in World Cup group stage – FIFA

FIFA said video assistant referee (VAR) crews conducted checks on 335 incidents during the World Cup group stage, helping achieve a 99.3 percent rate of correct decisions. The VAR system is being used at a World Cup for the first…

Egypt eye winning start against Uruguay

Egypt will face off with Uruguay in their maiden 2018 Fifa World Cup Group A match at the Yekaterinburg Stadium in Russia on Friday. Kick-off is at 12pm GMT The Pharaohs are set to make their first appearance in the…

Saudi coach feels the shame in defeat

Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi described a “feeling of shame” after his side suffered a 5-0 hammering at the hands of hosts Russia in the World Cup’s opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. “The opposing team really…

Rampant Russia pummel Saudis 5-0 in World Cup opener

Finally let loose after a year-long diet of international friendlies, hosts Russia roared their World Cup intent to the rafters on Thursday with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia. The Russians served up an adrenaline-fuelled performance for an 80,000-capacity…

Spain sack Lopetegui, Hierro takes over ahead of World Cup

The Spanish national team has been plunged into crisis after the coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi, with director of football Fernando Hierro named as his replacement. The president of…

Russia 2018: Black Stars wanted us to pay bribe – Vanderpuye

Former Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has revealed that some Black Stars players called on him to offer bribe to secure the senior national team’s qualification to the 2018 Russia World Cup. Egypt qualified to the World Cup at the…

2018 World Cup: Fifa gives green light for VAR use

Video assistant referees will be used at the World Cup for the first time after Fifa formally approved the technology for this year’s tournament. VAR has been trialled in some domestic English cup games this season, and has been used…

Spain facing World Cup expulsion over gov’t interference

Spain’s involvement at the World Cup in Russia next summer is in danger. According to El País, Fifa has sent a letter to RFEF, Spain’s football federation, stating that government interference in the election process of its next president could see them suspended as…

Fifa raises 2018 World Cup purse to $400m

The 32 national teams competing at the 2018 World Cup will share $400 million (344 million euros) in prize money, a 12 percent increase from the 2014 tournament, FIFA said Friday. The purse at the previous edition in Brazil was $358…

Fifa hands out sanctions over 2018 World Cup breaches

Fifa has handed out punishments to eight African nations for various offences committed during September’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Gabon fielded an ineligible player – Merlin Tandjigora, who should have been suspended – in the 3-0 home defeat by Ivory…

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