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Russia accused of giving Michel Platini a Picasso painting in exchange for 2018 World Cup vote

Platini voted for Russia and Qatar to host the next two World Cups. Credit: PA

A new dossier handed to Parliament by the Sunday Times suggests that Russian officials may have presented UEFA Michel Platini with a Picasso painting in exchange for his support for their 2018 World Cup bid.

The report has been published by the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport select committee, with various suggestions of misconduct by Russia, Qatar and England.

Among the most serious of the allegations includes the extravagant gift offered to Platini, and claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who watched the 2014 World Cup final with Sepp Blatter, enlisted FIFA's President to help lobby for votes.

Platini voted for Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, reiterating his support in September 2014 by suggesting it was "the right decision" to award the World Cup to the two unfancied nations.


Russia boss Capello not thinking about money matters

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Capello Russia wages Credit: PA

Russia head coach Fabio Capello insists he is not thinking about salary issues before his side's Euro 2016 qualifying opener against Liechtenstein on Monday.

It's been reported that Capello, whose team had a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil, is owed outstanding wages by the Russian Football Union stretching back over the last three months.

Capello - as quoted by - said: "In the case of all rumours about my contract and about money, I am not thinking about it because the financial issue is what I care about the least.

"All my thoughts are about football, about the upcoming match with Liechtenstein."


Late Duggan goal keeps England alive in Women's Euros

Toni Duggan's late goal keeps England's Women in with a slim chance of qualifying. Credit: PA

Toni Duggan's injury-time goal gave England a lifeline in the UEFA Women's Euro Championship following a draw against Russia in Linkoping, Sweden.

Duggan struck deep in added-time to cancel out Nelli Korovkina's first-half strike. England's hopes of emerging from Group C still hang by a thread.

Bilic leaves Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv Moscow have parted company with coach Slaven Bilic and named Leonid Kuchuk as his replacement.

Former Croatia, Everton and West Ham boss Bilic, 44, took charge of Lokomotiv last summer but could only guide the club to a ninth-placed finish in the 16-team Russian Premier League.

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