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Russia Launches Massive Infrastructure Project To Ensure Country Ready For 2018 World Cup
Published December 5, 2012
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NEW MEASURES CONSIDERED: The AP reported that fan violence in Russian football 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." FIFA World Cup 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin said he is "disappointed" that Russia continues to be associated with football violence while admitting "more needs to be done to stamp out the problem." Sorokin also "struck out at critics" who have suggested that Russia and 2022 World Cup host Qatar won their bids unfairly. Sorokin: "We are clean and we didn’t witness any hints from anyone, certainly not exco [executive committee] members or those around them, of improper activities. If anyone had any information, any proof would be out already. It seems nobody has anything tangible" (AP, 12/4).