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FIFA parts with head of security and match-fixing cases

Gab Marcotti joins Alison Bender to discuss if the future of the Confederations Cup is in jeopardy.

The FIFA official in charge of World Cup security and fighting match-fixing in football has left the governing body.

FIFA says Ralf Mutschke is no longer its director of security and has not immediately been replaced.

Mutschke, a former Interpol director from Germany, is the latest senior manager hired during Sepp Blatter's presidency to exit with little notice in recent weeks. He leaves 18 months before Russia is to host the World Cup.

Mutschke joined FIFA in 2012 after more than 30 years of service...

Potential protesters detained ahead of Confederations Cup draw - activists

Confed Cup draw
The Confederations Cup draw was held last Saturday.

KAZAN, Russia -- Environmental activists in the Russian city of Kazan said Wednesday that they were detained by police as they planned a protest before the Confederations Cup draw.

Iskander Yaseveyev, an academic and environmental campaigner, told The Associated Press that he and six others were stopped by police ahead of the draw last Saturday, and held for three hours until the event was over.

Yaseveyev said police from a counter-extremism unit approached him and asked him to come with them for...

Russia says Sochi stadium rebuild done in time for Confederations Cup

Russian officials say the Sochi stadium adjustments are complete.

MOSCOW -- Officials overseeing World Cup preparations in the southern Russian city of Sochi say construction work on the city's stadium has finished on time.

The stadium held the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but has yet to host a football game because it needed extensive modifications to remove a temporary roof and increase capacity from 40,000 to 47,700.

Sochi is one of four host cities for next year's Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up tournament.

Regional officials...

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Confederations Cup draw: Portugal drawn with Mexico and Russia

Joachim Low says despite their Confederations Cup draw, there are no easy fixtures in football.

The draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup has seen Euro 2016 champions Portugal put into a group with Mexico, New Zealand and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia.

Meanwhile, World Cup winners Germany take on the Copa America champions Chile, Australia and the team that wins the African Nations Cup.

GROUP A

Russia

Portugal

Mexico

New Zealand

GROUP B

Germany

Chile

Australia

TBD (African Nations Cup winners)

The draw (which features winners of all six Confederations' titles) took place in Kazan, Russia...