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Gaza Protestors Attack Israeli Premier League Side Maccabi Haifa In Austria

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 25 / 14

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli football players "at a friendly match in Austria on Wednesday evening, stopping play five minutes before the end," according to Georgina Prodhan of REUTERS. Salzburg police said on Thursday that around 20 people with flags and p...

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06/12/14
Russian Officials Want To Bypass Inspections

Russia's sports ministry has suggested that construction of several arenas for the 2018 World Cup, financed by the government, should begin without thorough inspection of the projects. Ministry officials fear that inspections will take time and as a result deadlines may not be met. The idea contradi ...

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06/05/14
Putin Gives Awards To Olympic Investors

Russian President Vladimir Putin "handed out medals to a number of Russian billionaires who invested in the Sochi Olympics, the world's most expensive Games ," according to Alexei Anishchuk of REUTERS. Russian business newspaper Vedomosti reported Putin "gave the awards to major investors, includin ...

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05/29/14
Ukrainian Arena Burned By Militia

The home arena of Ukrainian ice hockey club Donbass was looted and burned during armed clashes in Donetsk, jeopardizing the squad's chances for participation in the Kontinental Hockey League next season. The arena Druzhba was set on fire early on Tuesday amidst clashes between Ukrainian army forces ...

Tags: Facilities, Russia, Europe

05/29/14
Ukrainian Owner On The Run

Ukrainian oligarch Sergei Kurchenko, the owner of football club Metalist Kharkiv, promised to continue to finance the squad. However, it is not clear how he is going to do it with an int'l arrest warrant out for him. "I guarantee that I will continue to finance the club and I won't abandon it, even ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

05/28/14
Moscow Sells Olimpiisky Stake For $137M

Moscow City Hall has sold a 64% stake in the threadbare Olimpiisky Sports Complex on Prospekt Mira, "a landmark of central Moscow," for a total of 4.67B rubles ($137M), according to the MOSCOW TIMES. In an open auction on Friday, a company called Nef ...

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05/23/14
Sales Brisk For Russian GP

Organizers of F1’s Russian Grand Prix, which is to debut this coming October, are boasting of high demand for tickets, expecting more than 45,000 people to attend the event scheduled for Sochi's Olympic Park. "Demand for tickets is high," Sergei Vorobyov, deputy general director of Omega, a co ...

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05/23/14
Ukraine: Russia Should Lose '18 World Cup

Ukraine's ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, said that "Russia should face EU financial sanctions and lose the right to host the 2018 football World Cup because of its annexation of the Crimea region," according to REUTERS. Yelisieiev said that asset free ...

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05/16/14
ROCC Says Rio Should Host Olympics

Russian Olympic Committee Chair Alexander Zhukov said on Thursday that changing the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics "is practically impossible," according to RIA NOVOSTI. R-Sport was earlier told that "the venue may be moved to London because Rio de Janeiro is behind in preparing for the even ...

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05/13/14
IOC Calls 2016 Olympics Report 'Fantasy'

A second report in four days suggesting the 2016 Olympics "could be moved from Rio de Janeiro due to preparations delays has been dismissed" by the IOC, according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC SPORTS. Russia's RIA Novosti reported that Moscow "is being considered as a replacement" for Rio to host the 2016 ...

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05/08/14
Russian Government Preps Cap

Russia's Parliament is preparing a piece of legislation introducing a salary cap for the Russian Premier League. The initiative follows a similar proposal for the second-tier National Football League, first floated a few weeks ago. The State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's Parliament, plans to a ...

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