World Cup Watchlist #10: Gracious Hosts

World Cup Watchlist #10: Gracious Hosts

Source: World Cup website
Source: World Cup website

With the 2018 World Cup on FOX 8 kicking off June 14 from Russia, we are previewing ten story lines that are worth keeping an eye on as the tournament goes on.

#10 – Gracious Hosts

The eyes of the world will be upon Russia and if their perception as a country is questionable, the perception of their radical fans is even worse. “Ultras” are soccer fans who usually have a political identity and use soccer gatherings merely as a chance to make statements in the form of violence.

The 2016 Euro Cup saw Russians clashing with English fans and Russian clubs are constantly dealing with sanctions due to the behavior of those in attendance.

For more, FOX Sports recently documented the Ultra’s behavior and how it might affect the World Cup.

FOX 8 will broadcast 38 games from Russia, from first kick to final trophy presentation. The first five games on FOX 8 are:

Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m. – Russia vs Saudi Arabia

Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. – Morocco vs Iran

Friday, June 15 at 1 p.m. – Portugal vs Spain

Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. – Argentina vs Iceland

Sunday, June 17 at 7 a.m. – Costa Rica vs Serbia

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Published at Tue, 05 Jun 2018 23:04:00 +0000

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