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 By Sam Borden

Confederations Cup shows how sports media in Russia differs from politics

While Russia defeated New Zealand in the Confederations Cup opener, many questions still surround their predictability.

MOSCOW -- The ball was in the back of the net, and the television commentator was shouting excitedly about how Russia -- the host! -- had scored the first goal of the Confederations Cup. With the score, the Russians took the lead on New Zealand, kicking off their turn on football's global stage in splendid fashion.

In the stadium's stands, the Russian fans roared. On the field, the managers looked ecstatic, and the players exultant. But here, in the newsroom of Sport Express, one of Russia's most...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

OnScene: ESPN FC's Confederations Cup updates from Russia - Matchday 2

ESPN FC is "OnScene" in Russia for the Confederations Cup. 

With Matchday 1 having finished, the eight competing nations are getting ready for their second game. Stay in touch with everything our correspondents have been getting up to.

THURSDAY, June 22

Before Chile and Germany kicked off, Mark Ogden had a look around...

Ogden
It is a very impressive screen, we must admit!

Looks can be deceiving

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Kenny Saief seals national team switch from Israel to United States

Jeff Carlisle joins the FC show to assess Michael Bradley's comments on the USMNT under Bruce Arena vs. Klinsmann.
Kenny Saief has switched his allegiance from Israel to the United States.

Midfielder Kenny Saief will be eligible to play for the United States after FIFA approved his switch of national team allegiance from Israel, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Thursday.

The move clears Saief, who plays his club soccer for Gent in Belgium, to appear for the U.S. at this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, for which he was named to the preliminary 40-man squad.

Saief needed to complete the one-time switch because he had previously played for Israel's under-19 and under-21 teams.

Israel had been expected...

FIFA denies clearing Munir El Haddadi to change allegiance to Morocco

Craig Burley addresses Hector Bellerin's comments in regards to youth development in England and Spain.
A fluid match culminated with a Portuguese wonder-strike, but Spain's three goals guaranteed a place in the semis.
Marco Asensio scored three exquisite goals as Spain cruised to a 5-0 win over Macedonia.

Munir El Haddadi has not been given the go-ahead to change his allegiance in international football from Spain to Morocco, a FIFA spokesman has told ESPN FC.

Reports on Friday claimed the Moroccan Football Federation (MFF) had been successful with a request to free the Madrid-born Barcelona forward to represent the country of his father's birth.

However, FIFA said they have "not been contacted in connection with the player Munir El Haddadi and the MFF" and referred to Article 5 to 8 of their Regulations...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA warns Mexico over fans' anti-gay chant at Confederations Cup

Herculez Gomez weighs in on Mexico's 2-2 draw against Portugal and assesses Juan Carlos Osorio's tenure with El Tri.

FIFA has warned Mexico about the conduct of its fans after discriminatory chants at the Confederations Cup.

The anti-gay abuse was heard during Mexico's opening game against Portugal in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday, despite FIFA warning on the eve of the tournament that there would be tighter monitoring of offensive incidents in stadiums.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee chairman Anin Yeboah "decided to impose a warning on the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) for the misconduct of a small group...

 By PA Sport

FIFA president Gianni Infantino not under any ethics investigation - chief

Hans-Joachim Eckert, left, and Cornel Borbely were relieved of their duties on FIFA's ethics committee in May.

FIFA has dismissed a report that its ethics committee had started an investigation against the organisation's president Gianni Infantino before he choreographed the sudden removal of the committee's bosses last month.

The chairmen of the committee's "adjudicatory'' and "investigatory'' chambers -- Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, respectively -- were replaced without warning at FIFA's annual congress in Bahrain.

Both had hoped for and expected to be given second...