Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Mexico over rude chants at Confederations Cup

Solenn Plantier
Juin 21, 2017

It was the ideal start for the Russians in a game played at the new Krestovsky Stadium, where President Vladimir Putin and Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino both gave speeches before kick-off.

"When the president of our country comes out to make a speech it mobilises us and gives us great motivation, but it also adds to our responsibilities", Cherchesov told reporters.

"We coped with the task before us", Cherchesov said.

Organisers of the ongoing Confederations Cup have blocked a Russian fan group leader from attending matches at the tournament after they cancelled his "fan-ID".

The FIFA chief spoke before delegates of the Russian Football Union (RFU) in St. Petersburg.

It survived without noticeable damage.

"We're determined to approach this game with the right mind-set and we definitely want to progress", said Hudson in a press conference on Tuesday.

Some 191 fans have been put on a blacklist banning them from games and legislation has been introduced to toughen up punishments and deport foreign hooligans.

Shprygin was among a group of Russian fans who were expelled from France after clashes during Russia's Euro 2016 match against England.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described VAR as "the future of modern football" following criticism of the technology during the Confederations Cup.

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup has kicked off in the iconic Russian city of St. Petersburg, with a ceremony showing off folk and contemporary Russian culture.

The organizing committee also confirmed that Russian low-income citizens, including families with many children, orphans and disabled people, will be able to visit the Confederations Cup matches for free.

At yesterday morning's game, there were two pre-game stadium announcements warning fans against discriminatory behaviour.

Portugal's William Carvalho, left, and Mexico's Raul Jimenez fight for the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Fans at the tournament require not only tickets but also a Russian government-issued "fan ID", in a measure created to allow the state to filter out potential troublemakers.

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