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UEFA Orders Partial Closure Of CSKA Moscow Stadium Following Racist Chants
Published October 31, 2013
EXPANSION 'UNLIKELY': INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Andrew Warshaw wrote FIFA and Russia's 2018 World Cup organizers "have joined forces" to play down UEFA President Michel Platini's idea of expanding the World Cup to 40 teams. During a visit to the Russian World Cup host city of Kazan for a meeting with local organizing committee bosses, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said, "Never say never, but it's unlikely." Russian Sports Minister, 2018 LOC Chair and FIFA exec committee member Vitaly Mutko suggested that Platini's comments, which were directed toward Russia being the first World Cup to embrace possible enlargement, "were disrespectful." Mutko: "FIFA will take the final decision, but it's unrealistic to change the demands when we've already got to the stage of discussing the calendar" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/30).