Russia still on the pitch but anthem ban could hurt

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 Russia players pose for a team group photo before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine

ZURICH (Reuters) – When a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) team played at the 1992 European championship in place of the former Soviet Union, they wore bland shirts with no badge and Beethoven’s ninth symphony replaced a national anthem before games. A lacklustre performance ensued, culminating in a 3-0 loss to already-eliminated Scotland, and they […]

Continue reading this article with a Fiji Times online membership.

More Stories