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Russian Scientists Invent Security Guard Robot for England Fans at 2018 World Cup

A robot named Alantim has been developed by Russian scientists as a bionic bodyguard for England fans arriving in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

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FIFA: French Probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup Bids

French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

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Russian World Cup 2018 Official Claims Fears of Hooliganism are “Overblown”

Alexander Djordjadze, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee, has called fears surrounding hooliganism in Russia “overblown”.

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Qatar Airways Announced as Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022

Qatar Airways was announced today as an Official Partner and the Official Airline of FIFA as part of a sponsorship package lasting until 2022.

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Russia Boosts Spending On 2018 World Cup

Russia has increased spending on preparations for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup by 4.7 billion rubles ($81 million).

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Sulley Muntari: 2018 World Cup Will Bring Peace

In the face of racial discrimination in the stands and on the pitch, Sulley Muntari believes that the world of football will be a more united place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, CNN reports.

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Fifa Votes To Fast Track 2026 World Cup Bid Process

FIFA have approved a fast-tracked bidding process to determine the host for the 2026 World Cup, with 93% of the 209 members voting on Thursday in favour of the decision at the governing body’s congress in Bahrain, reports The Guardian.

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FIFA Distances Itself From 2014 World Cup Stadium Scandal

FIFA has publicly denied any wrongdoing in the construction of stadiums used in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after investigators in the country alleged that at least half were built on the back of corrupt contracts.

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OFC Backs USA-Mexico-Canada World Cup 2026 Bid

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) has announced that it is behind a bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup.

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FIFA Failing To Win Backers For Russia 2018 World Cup

FIFA is struggling to secure new commercial partners in time for next year’s World Cup in Russia, with international and local groups balking at the financial cost and reputational risk of being associated with one of the world’s most-watched sporting events, the FT reports.

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