The Reuters news agency reported that eight of the Russian airports that could be used by the football teams playing at the FIFA World Cup were owned by entities sanctioned by the USA after the latest update of the sanctions lists, which, according to the agency, could potentially create problems for the participating teams.
The move follows the British efforts to trash the 2018 FIFA World Cup, comparing it to Hitler’s Olympic event in 1936. Previously Russia was also banned to participate in other world stage sports events. It is clear how frustrated and corrupted the Anglo-Saxons behave at this moment, now that the end of their world reign/hegemony is @ stake.
However, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that no problems for the transportation of the FIFA World Cup national teams will arise from the introduction of sanctions on owners of Russian airports by the United States.
Earlier this month, the USA introduced a new round of sanctions against several Russian businessmen and their companies, including Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element and Viktor Vekselberg’s Renova Group.
The Basel Aero operates the airport in Sochi, as well as in Krasnodar and Anapa, both in close proximity to Sochi. The Airports of Regions group of companies, which is part of the Renova Group, operates the airports in Yekaterinburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, and Rostov-on-Don, all of which will host matches of the upcoming tournament.
Beside, FIFA has notified the Russian Football Union (RFS) that it has launched an investigation into alleged racist abuse of French players by Russian fans during a pre-World Cup friendly between the two countries last month
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Russia for the first time ever from June 14 to July 15, with the games set to take place on a total of 12 arenas in 11 cities.
Sputnik / Shoco Sports News 2018.