FIFA targets gay slurs by Chile, Mexico fans in Russia

Referees at this year's Confederations Cup in Russia will have the power to abandon games

Referees at this year's Confederations Cup in Russia will have the power to abandon games

Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off today, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

Although the readiness of stadiums has not been a major issue, the monitoring group Human Rights Watch this week criticized Federation Internationale de Football Association for failing to protect workers constructing Russia's World Cup stadiums.

The World Cup holders will provide the sternest of first-up tests for the Caltex Socceroos - even if this is a largely younger squad as they rest some key men.

Cristiano Ronaldo, battling accusations of tax evasion and speculation over his club future, is concentrating only on the Confederations Cup, his Portugal teammate Andre Silva said Friday. The semi-finals will be held at the Kazan Arena, where Rubin Kazan play their home games, and the Fischt Olympic Stadium, which hosted the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to the draw, Group A includes Russia, New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico, Group B - Chile, Australia and Germany.

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi. There is then a third-place play-off in Moscow ahead of the July 2 final in St Petersburg.

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is enjoying one of his greatest career runs, having scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

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The tournament's Official Emblem was revealed on February 3, 2016. A white cat named Achilles became the tournament's mascot.

Ticket sales for the tournament began on November 8, 2016.

The goal-line technology and the Video Assisted Referee, VAR, will be used during the Confederations Cup 2017 matches, according to FIFA's press service.

On May 1, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order to change the visa scheme. "We have to make an example on Sunday and try to start off with a win". Under Russian law, foreign spectators can enter the country visa-free, with only identification documents and a Fan ID.

Former Legia Warsaw coach Cherchesov will take charge of his first competitive game at the helm of the host nation against New Zealand in St Petersburg on Saturday.

The tournament provides Russian Federation with another opportunity to showcase its ability to host a major global event following the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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