Russia to extend soccer fans' visa-free regime to end

Chief executive of the 2018 soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee Sorokin attends a news conference in Moscow

Chief executive of the 2018 soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee Sorokin attends a news conference in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that nearly 25 million cyber attacks and other malign activities against the country's information infrastructure during the FIFA World Cup were neutralized.

Fans at this World Cup however "showed that sport and football can manage not to divide people and not lead to fights and disputes, but unite people on the basis of common values", Putin said.

France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final yesterday, in a thrilling encounter at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The Qatari leader assured that his country would do all it can to make a success of the 2022 World Cup. The emergency situations prevention and response system during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer was operating at a very high level, a senior official with the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. This is the first time that the World Cup is not being held from during the months of May, June or July.

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Qatar's size, as well as its broiling temperatures and lack of ready stadium infrastructure, have prompted some to question the decision by Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body, to make it host.

The final is due to be played on December 18. However, Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the World Cup 2022 organising committee, said in an interview with Russia Today: "Simply put, everybody's welcome, everybody will be having a good time".

Following the fundamental decision to use VARs at the World Cup, FIFA is extremely happy with the overwhelming acceptance of VAR by players, coaches, fans and the media.

On his part, Gianni Infantino expressed his content with the ceremony saying: "It's so important that we can be here today in the iconic place of the Kremlin to pass the World Cup hosting rights from the organiser of the 2018 World Cup to the organiser of the 2022 World Cup". "We invite everyone to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!"

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