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 By Reuters

World Cup pitch invaders sentenced to 15 days in jail

Croatia celebrated finishing World Cup runners-up with their fans by parading around the capital city of Zagreb in an open-top bus.
Led by captain Hugo Lloris, France were given a heroes welcome as they arrived back in Paris for the first time since they beat Croatia to win the World Cup.
Croatia's World Cup team returned to a heroes' welcome at Zagreb airport following their 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final in Moscow.

MOSCOW -- A Moscow court on Monday handed down 15-day jail sentences on four members of the protest group who interrupted Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake police uniforms.

The pitch invasion by members of the punk band Pussy Riot early in the second half of the final was a brazen act in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking officials from around the world.

The judge also banned the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN

Pitch invaders briefly disrupt World Cup final in second half

Twenty years on from their first World Cup title, France are back on top of the footballing world following a 4-2 victory over Croatia.
Stewart Robson breaks down France's World Cup final victory over Croatia, which came on a night when they were often second best to the runners-up.
With the World Cup final looming, ESPN's Charlie Gibson travels around searching for fans from all 32 nations.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino feels France against Croatia in will be a unique World Cup final and reveals the tournament has shown that small nations no longer exist.

Russian activist rock band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility on Sunday for the pitch invasion that briefly interrupted the World Cup final in Moscow.

Just after Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved a shot from Kylian Mbappe in the 51st minute, three women and one man emerged into the run of play from the other end of the stadium. One made it to the centre circle.

Dressed in suits and what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms, the pitch invaders approached players. One woman shared a...

 By Reuters

FIFA fines Croatia, Sweden over World Cup equipment breaches

Take a look back at how darkhorses Croatia and pre-tournament favourites France charted their course to reach the World Cup final.

FIFA has fined the Swedish and Croatian Football Associations 50,000 Swiss francs each for equipment breaches by some of their players.

Sweden, who have already returned home from the World Cup after being eliminated, were fined for the same offence prior to their quarterfinal defeat to England.

The Swedish FA had confirmed at the time that it had received the sanction about its kit and socks.

"Despite having been previously requested to cease the activity that led to the breach and receiving a sanction...

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FIFA confirms 2022 World Cup dates, but size still undecided

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played between Nov. 21 through December 18, FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Friday, though the number of participating teams is still unconfirmed.

The next edition of the tournament will switch to the winter months because of the summer climate in Qatar, and Infantino announced the exact dates.

"The dates for the World Cup are set. It will played in Qatar from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022," he said. "The leagues are all aware and they will have to...

 By Reuters

Russia World Cup has set bar 'very, very high' for Qatar in 2022 - FIFA chief

Relive the highs and lows from Russia's unexpected but memorable World Cup journey through the eyes of ESPN's Charlie Gibson.
Russia's Artem Dzyuba and Igor Akinfeev believe the side played with their souls to make history by reaching the World Cup quarter finals.

MOSCOW -- FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said on Wednesday that Russia's staging of the 2018 World Cup had set the bar high for Qatar, the tournament's next hosts in 2022.

"I feel for Qatar, because [Russia] has set the bar very, very high," Samoura said at a meeting with Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament.

Samoura asked Matviyenko to convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin FIFA's "profound appreciation for everything that he has done to make it possible...

 By Reuters

U.S.-based unit of Spanish media group Imagina pleads guilty to bribery, fined $24m

NEW YORK -- A Florida-based unit of the Spanish sports media group Imagina on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges of bribing Latin American football officials and was ordered to pay over $24 million, the latest penalty imposed in the sprawling U.S. investigation into corruption at world football's governing body FIFA.

At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen, US Imagina LLC general counsel Erika Lucas said that beginning around 2008, the company paid officials of the national football federations...