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

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 17 / 17

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 bea...

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RFU Eases Financial Crisis

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