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National Rugby League Side Gold Coast Titans Fined $263,000 For Salary Cap Breach

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

National Rugby League side Gold Coast has been fined A$300,000 ($263,000) "and hit with a suspended penalty of four competition points over a salary cap breach in regard to former playmaker Scott Prince," according to the AAP. Prince left the Titans at the end of '12 and the penalty "was issued aft...

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08/25/14
Sochi F1 GP To Go Ahead As Scheduled

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said on Friday that the sport has "no argument with Russia and the country's debut grand prix will go ahead as planned in October despite the crisis in Ukraine," according to REUTERS. Ecclestone: "We have a contract. Our friends there, they are happy ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Russia

08/21/14
FIFA-Russia Relations Hit Rough Spot

Relations between FIFA and its next World Cup host, Russia, "are under strain," according to the AP. Attempts by the Russian football authorities to integrate three clubs from Crimea this season -- without consent from Ukraine -- "have escalated tensions between the two ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

08/21/14
FIA Says Sochi Prepared For Oct. 12 GP

F1 Race Dir Charlie Whiting has confirmed Russia's new Sochi Autodrom has "passed its inspection ahead of its maiden Russian Grand Prix" on Oct. 12, according to ESPN. The track, built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, "was inspected by an FIA delegation led by Whiting on Tuesday." Whiti ...

Tags: Facilities, Russia

08/20/14
Russia Refuses Reduce WC Stadiums

Russia "is resisting demands from FIFA to reduce the number of stadiums for the 2018 World Cup from 12 to 10," according to the AP. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who said last month that two of the 12 planned stadiums could be cut, "was in Sochi over the weekend to discuss the issue with Russian Spor ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

08/19/14
Russia 2018 Chief: Focus Is On Delivery

Russia 2018 World Cup CEO Alexey Sorokin "has broken his silence over calls in some quarters for the country to be stripped of host status," according to Andrew Warshaw of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Until now, Sorokin has kept his counsel "amid global criticism of Russia's support for separatists in eas ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

08/14/14
Ukraine Wants Russian FA Sanctioned

Ukraine's football federation has called on FIFA and UEFA to sanction the Russian Football Union "for bringing Crimean clubs into its league structure," according to Igor Nitsak of REUTERS. Three Crimean teams -- TSK Simferopol, SKChF Sevastopol and Zhemchuzhina Yalta -- "have been accepted by the R ...

Tags: International Football, Europe, Russia

08/13/14
Russian PM Orders Lid On WC Spending

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered the government to keep spending for the 2018 World Cup "in check," according to Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber of the MOSCOW TIMES. Medvedev: "Funds have already been allocated for the construction [of sports facilities, ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

08/11/14
Russia Approves $150M WC Subsidy

The Russian government approved Friday rules on subsidising construction of infrastructure for the 2018 football World Cup for a total of over 5.5 billion rubles ($151 million, 113 million euros). Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree setting out how regions hosting the matches can tap ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

08/08/14
Zenit Sports Complex To Receive $1.5M

Indications that Volgograd will retain host status for the Russia 2018 World Cup "could not have been stronger" with the announcement that the Zenit sports complex in the city will receive 56M rubles ($1.5M) for reconstruction, "enabling it to become one of the training centers" for the tournament, ...

Tags: Facilities, Russia

08/07/14
What They're Saying ...

A number of figures in sports and politics have weighed in on Russia’s viability as a host of an F1 GP in October and the World Cup in ’18 following the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane crash that killed 298 people on July 17 and the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine. One of the first to ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Russia

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