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  • Russian Hooligans Promise 'Festival Of Violence' At 2018 World Cup, BBC Doc Reveals

    A "chilling" BBC documentary revealed Russian hooligans are "planning to ambush England fans at next year’s World Cup" and turn another tournament into a "festival of violence," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Three Lions supporters are "facing a repeat of the brutal beatings they suffered" at Euro 2016 from combat-trained thugs "lying in wait for them at Russia 2018." Russian hooligans are "ready to defy a crackdown on football-related disorder in the country ahead of the World Cup," with one saying, "For some, it will be a festival of football; for others, it will be a festival of violence." Confirmation England fans will be targeted at the tournament "comes in a new film, 'Russia’s Hooligan Army,'" which aired on Thursday night. The program, part of the BBC’s This World series, examines the "threat to Three Lions supporters during the World Cup" following the "sickening attacks on them by Russian thugs" at Euro 2016 (TELEGRAPH, 2/16).

    The LONDON TIMES reported during the documentary, a hooligan known as "Vasily the Killer" alleged that last year’s violence was "sanctioned by the Russian government." Vasily, who allegedly organized "the trouble in Marseille," said, "They were special military forces of football hooligans sent by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin to conquer Europe." Another hooligan, known as Denis and the leader of the "Orel Butchers" group that was at the center of the Marseille violence, said that "tactics honed domestically had given them the upper hand over England fans" at Euro 2016. He said, "There is some street-fight tactics that we obviously exercised a lot of times fighting in cities" (LONDON TIMES, 2/16). In London, Nick Ames reported Denis said that England fans will "inevitably be subjected to violence again if they travel to Russia next June." He said, "They can come over and we’ll see. Somebody will obviously try to do something, that is like 100 percent -- 100 percent guaranteed." The "advice given by Denis to any potential visitors" was to "have a family and children around you or something ... if you are there with your male friend you should calculate on getting your arse kicked" (GUARDIAN, 2/15).

    INFANTINO 'NOT CONCERNED': The BBC reported FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that he is "not at all concerned" by the threat of hooliganism at next year's World Cup in Russia. Infantino said that he has "full confidence" in the Russian authorities to "combat any trouble next summer," adding they are taking the matter "very seriously." He added that World Cup organizers were "already putting in place plans to prevent any trouble" and would "learn" from the problems at Euro 2016 (BBC, 2/16).

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  • Media Notes: Lagardère Sports, Canal Del Fútbol Reach Agreement

    Lagardère Sports reached a multi-year agreement with Canal del Fútbol, a sports TV network in Chile, to market the broadcast rights of elite professional football in the country -- including the Chilean Primera División -- to int'l territories. As part of the agreement, Lagardère Sports will lead the int'l sales and distribution of the Chilean Primera División, the Copa Chile and Supercopa de Chile. In addition to the broadcast rights, Lagardère Sports will market the betting and gaming rights internationally (Lagardère Sports).

    Eleven Sports announced a four-year deal with DFL Sports Enterprises for media rights in Poland to Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. Except for one match per round, all matches will be shown exclusively live on Eleven Sports. The partnership will begin at the start of the '17-18 season (Eleven Sports).

    ManU announced that MUTV is now available in 165 countries worldwide through the new MUTV subscription-based app. The MUTV app allows ManU's 659 million followers to live stream MUTV for a monthly subscription fee which varies by country (ManU).

    Canadian broadcaster Super Channel and Ginx eSportsTV signed an exclusive deal to "create and distribute a new 24-hour channel for video game fans in Canada." The new esports channel will feature live esports "events, news and gaming lifestyle programming." The channel will be part of Super Channel's "four multiplexed channels" and will launch across Canada in the "spring/summer" of '17 (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 2/15).

    German car and motor sports channel Motorvision TV will become available on Deutsche Telekom's IPTV platform Entertain TV again from Friday. The distribution will be "independent of Sky Deutschland in the Entertain packages Big TV and Sport." Sky removed Motorvision TV from its IPTV offer in early January (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 2/16).

    BT Sport announced plans to show exclusive live coverage of ManU vs. Ligue 1 side St. Etienne and Man City vs. Ligue 1 side AS Monaco "in Dolby Atmos sound." It is the first time the format has been used in either Champions League or Europa League matches. ManU faced St. Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday. The Man City game "will be shown next Tuesday" (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 2/16).

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