World Cup hosts Russian Federation charged with fan racism during France friendly

FIFA task force in Morocco for an assessment visit./Ph. DR

"They should not be at soccer stadiums", Smertin told the media on Monday.

High-profile websites are selling tickets for the World Cup in Russian Federation at rip-off prices - even though buyers could then be refused entry to the ground.

This is because Federation Internationale de Football Association is entitled to void any ticket which has been purchased through an unauthorised distribution channel - ticketholders need a Fan ID document to get access to Russian stadiums for any match. Lars-Christer Olsson, CEO of the 32-member European Leagues group, says: "We are not prepared to make any changes on the calendar for expanding the 2022 World Cup".

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Tickets were found on sites such as StubHub for nearly 40 times the face value, despite football body Fifa instructing that tickets must be bought from its website. These sites allow people to re-sell their tickets, choosing the price they sell at.

Conmebol in a statement: 'Taking into account the positive impact that the celebration of the Fifa World Cup in Mexico in 1986 and in the United States in 1994 had on the interest, development and projection of football in those countries and in general in the region, the member associations of Conmebol consider that, after three decades, the time is right to give new impetus to football in the Concacaf region, where more than 500 million people now live'.

Stubhub said tickets had appeared on its United Kingdom website due to a "technical error" and there were no World Cup tickets now available.

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Football fans need to be aware that if they buy a World Cup ticket from an unofficial source, they risk paying inflated prices and potentially not getting into the game at all, said Alex Neill from Which?

"We have to take action together on a European and worldwide level to bring an end to this inadmissible behaviour".

"If you don't want to risk watching the World Cup from the sidelines, you should only buy from the official Federation Internationale de Football Association reselling website", he advised. "We do not acknowledge the legitimacy of the accusations put forward".

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