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Russia, Qatar organisers deny World Cup bribery allegations

Frank Leboeuf explains what made legend Franz Beckenbauer so special and why he was his idol.

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have strongly denied allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that bribes were paid to secure votes for the hosting rights to the tournament.

Suspicion and rumours have long surrounded both the 2010 vote by FIFA's executive to hand the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

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Yet on Monday, for the first...

Russia can't play under country's name at 2022 World Cup after WADA ban

Russia's national team will not be able to play at the 2022 World Cup as an official Russian side following doping sanctions that bar the country from major sporting events for four years, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday.

WADA imposed a four-year ban on the nation using its flag, anthem and team names at Olympic and other major sports events. Among the major events in the four-year period is the 2022 World Cup.

When asked for clarification on Russia's participation...

Hazard brothers shine as Belgium thump Russia 4-1

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Euro Qualifying: Eden Hazard (40') Russia 0-3 Belgium. Watch Euro Qualifying on ESPN+.

Belgium secured top spot in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I and stretched their perfect record to nine wins after two goals from Eden Hazard and one by his brother Thorgan inspired them to a sparkling 4-1 win in Russia on Saturday.

With one round of games remaining, Belgium have a maximum 27 points and second-placed Russia 21, both sides having booked their places at next year's 24-nation tournament.

Although there was only pride to play for, the game got off to a pacy start and Thorgan Hazard fired...