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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
FIFA reveal 2018 Russia World Cup logo reflecting 'heart and soul' of the country
The emblem was revealed on board the International Space Stadium with Sepp Blatter insisting the tournament will not be moved due to the unrest in Ukraine.
The logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been revealed - on board the International Space Station.
President Sepp Blatter and Secretary Genera Jerome Valcke launched the emblem in Moscow on Tuesday night, alongside Italy's 2006 winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.
The logo was then projected onto the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital as football fans got to see it for the first time.
It is said to 'reflect the heart and soul' of the country, while including the cultural traditions it is recognised for.
There had been doubts over the tournament due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine,
with calls for the tournament to be moved.
However, Blatter played down such suggestions, insisting such political situations should not impact sport.
"A boycott never achieves anything and does not have a positive effect. FIFA is fully supporting the World Cup in Russia," said Blatter.
"Football cannot only unite Russia, but can also show the whole world that it is stronger than any protest movement
"In comparison with Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup, Russia is well ahead of them with four years to go."
The FIFA president
also insisted Russia and Ukraine would be put into different groups - should their relations not improve.
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