Standard & Poor's is warning that many of the Russian host cities for World Cup 2018 will have trouble finding the money to build soccer stadiums.
A Russian man who served three years in a Chilean prison for drug trafficking is being allowed to remain in the country to play professional soccer.
Fans of two-time defending Russian champion Zenit St. Petersburg are calling for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team.
Fan violence in Russian soccer remains "a concern" and measures including a better ticketing system and security cameras in stadiums will be introduced to ensure fans are safe during the 2018 World Cup.
In a desperate attempt to curb soccer violence in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is calling for the most notorious hooligans to be banned from matches for life.
UEFA fines continue
Racism at Euro 2012
UEFA discipline review
Hooligans going to court
Russia also could lose Euro points
Russian, Polish violence