MOSCOW -- Football fans planning to watch Russia take on Uruguay in the World Cup on giant outdoor screens in Moscow on Monday should consider avoiding the official FIFA fan zone due to potential overcrowding, local officials said on Saturday.
Russia's surprise success at the World Cup, going through to the final-16 for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has energised thousands of home fans and Russia is due to take on Uruguay in the city of Samara on Monday.
An Argentina fan has been banned from attending World Cup matches after posting a video in which he encouraged a Russian woman to say offensive things in Spanish.
The video shows the fan asking the young woman who didn't understand Spanish to repeat provocative phrases.
Argentine government security official Guillermo Madero, who is in Russia, told The Associated Press that the fan "won't be able to enter stadiums at the tournament and he won't be able to watch World Cup matches."
MOSCOW -- Football's governing body FIFA on Friday accused television channel BeoutQ, which is widely available in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.
Following FIFA's announcement, officials from Qatar -- where a TV station holds the regional rights to air the tournament -- traded barbed comments online with allies of Saudi Arabia in the latest episode of a long-running feud.
FIFA said in a statement that it was "exploring all options to stop the infringement...
Morocco's hopes of hosting the 2026 World Cup foundered on the failure to secure a united African vote as the country lost in its fifth attempt to stage the global event, the north African country's bid team said on Wednesday.
Eleven African countries voted for the joint North American bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, who will host the 2026 finals after a 134 to 65 vote triumph in a poll of FIFA member associations at the Congress of world soccer's governing body.