#ASEDEYHOT – FIFA AND RUSSIANS SAY PRESS ARE FREE TO REPORT CONFED CUP WITHOUT ‘ANY RESTRICTIONS’

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FIFA has rejected German accusations that it is restricting press freedom during this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia, the traditional World Cup warm-up tournament.

FIFA insists media representatives will be able to “work freely on the venues and in the surrounding areas without any restrictions,” in a joint statement with the organisers.

FIFA was responding to German FA boss Reinhard Grindel backing a campaign against  alleged Russian censorship by Bild, Germany’s biggest-selling paper, which says it will boycott the event if journalists are not given freedom to report as they please.

Grindel, newly elected to the FIFA Council, has vowed to address the issue at the Council’s next meeting in Bahrain in May.

Russia will host the Confederations Cup from June 17 until July 2 in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi. The hosts entertain New Zealand in the opening game.

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