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The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

The Latest: Pogba dedicates France win to freed Thai players

Jul. 10, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Paul Pogba has paused after the biggest win of his international career to dedicate it to the Thai soccer team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier. The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly...

The Latest: Official fined, banned; player only gets warning

Jul. 9, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A day after a player was let off with a warning, a Croatia official has been fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,150) for making a pro-Ukraine video that soon appeared on social media after the team's World Cup quarterfinal win...

Croatia bars former player from World Cup over Ukraine video

Jul. 9, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Croatia expelled former player Ognjen Vukojevic from its World Cup delegation on Monday for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida. The Croatian Football Federation and Vida apologized for the video, which was posted after the team beat Russia on penalties in the World Cup...

The Latest: Croatia to go black and blue again at World Cup

Jul. 8, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Croatia in the World Cup semifinal? Check. Playing in trademark red-and-white checkerboard shirts? Sorry. For the fifth straight game, Croatia will wear its change shirt of black and dark blue checks to play England on...

FIFA warns Croatia player over Ukraine video

Jul. 8, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has issued a formal warning to a Croatia player who praised Ukraine in a video after his team beat World Cup host Russia. The video shows Croatia defender Domagoj Vida shouting "glory to Ukraine" before the retired ex-player Ognjen Vukojevic adds "this win is for Dynamo and Ukraine ......

The Latest: Suarez v Ronaldo duel is next level at World Cup

Jun. 29, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Luis Suarez says any personal rivalry he may have with Cristiano Ronaldo from their time playing against each other in La Liga is not a factor when Uruguay meets Portugal on Saturday night in the World Cup. Suarez says the...

Russian hopes, fears tied up in Putin's showcase World Cup

Jun. 14, 2018 5:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off Thursday is about much more than sports. It's about proving to the world that Russia is a global power broker and not an outcast, that it's an open, confident and...

FIFA excludes Russian singer who backed Ukraine rebels

Jun. 7, 2018 8:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A well-known Russian singer says FIFA barred her from performing at the World Cup because of her support for Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. Julia Chicherina published what she says is a letter from FIFA objecting to "military topics" in the video for her song "On The Front Line,"...