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Fifa unveil 2018 World Cup logo in space

Fifa unveiled the logo of the 2018 World Cup in Russia using three astronauts in space.

The Russian space station revealed the new emblem from their capsule as Fifa kicked off their campaign for the tournament.

Three astronauts unveiled the new logo in space. Credit: Twitter @FIFA

FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed that Russia and Ukraine will be kept apart in the 2018 World Cup group stages should the Ukrainians qualify for the tournament.

Political tension between the neighbouring states continues to be high with Kiev accusing Moscow of backing Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine.

Blatter replied "you can be sure about this" when asked whether hosts Russia would be kept apart from Ukraine following a politically driven outbreak of violence during a recent match between Serbia and Albania.

FIFA's official 2018 World Cup logo. Credit: Twitter @FIFAWorldCup

Full World Cup bid investigation will not be published

The judge who will rule on the investigation into World Cup bidding has said the full report will not be published, despite numerous figures in football calling for it to be made public.

Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of the Fifa ethics committee adjudicatory chamber, said only selected parts of the report would be published to protect people's "personal rights".

The report's author, American attorney Michael Garcia, has said it should be published because Fifa needed to embrace transparency.

Several Fifa members, including Uefa president Michel Platini, have also called for publication.

But Eckert said that would not be possible.

In an interview on Fifa website he said: "We have to respect the personal rights of the people mentioned in the report, which in the case of full publication of the report would in all likelihood not be possible."

Platini wants secret World Cup report to be made public

Platini and Blatter disagree on publishing Garcia's report. Credit: PA

UEFA president Michel Platini has added his voice to calls for a secret report into World Cup bidding to be made public.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected calls to publish the report by FIFA's independent investigator Michael Garcia - saying any decision is out of their hands and would threaten witness confidentiality.

Platini joins a number of fellow FIFA executive committee members including Northern Ireland's Jim Boyce - and Garcia himself - in calling for the report to be published.

The UEFA president said in a statement: "As long as the regulations of the FIFA code of ethics regarding the actual investigation are respected, I support the publishing of the Garcia report.

"I have no issue with the findings and recommendations of the report being made available to the public."

The decision to publish now rests German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, who is considering the report and will announce his findings in November.

Russia won the bid for the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will stage the 2022 tournament.


Fifa fines Argentina for pre-World Cup Falklands banner

Argentina's FA has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs (£19,444) by Fifa after members of the national team stood with a banner claiming the Falklands as Argentine before a World Cup warm-up match.

The political banner was unfurled before Argentina beat Slovenia 2-0, with Lionel Messi scoring the second goal. Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

Several players from the team that went on to lose the tournament's final to Germany stood behind the banner reading "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas" ("The Falklands are Argentine") before a friendly win against Slovenia in Buenos Aires on June 7.

Real Madrid announce signing of World Cup star

Rodriguez celebrates scoring for Colombia during the World Cup. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have announced the signing Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez in a big-money deal with French club AS Monaco.

Rodriguez not only top-scored at the World Cup in Brazil but also scored the goal of the tournament with a stunning volley against Uruguay.

Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23-year-old, but reports suggest Madrid have paid in the region of €80m (£63m), which would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

James Rodriguez strike voted best goal of World Cup

Colombian striker James Rodriguez's stunning volley against Uruguay has been voted the best goal of the World Cup, Fifa has announced.

The Monaco midfielder, who is rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, also won the Golden Boot after netting five times at the tournament in Brazil.

James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his spectacular goal against Uruguay. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

He beat off competition from the Netherlands' Robin van Persie, whose impressive header against Spain was voted the second best goal.

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