Over the past four weeks, in 11 cities throughout the European part of the largest country in the world, it has been a tournament that has arguably improved Russia's image overseas as well as Russians' esteem for the world's most popular sport.
The FIFA statement added: "Two members of the English national team displayed unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items during the above-mentioned match".
Russian manager Stanislav Cherchesov said his side was disappointed after exiting the World Cup at the quarter-finals despite having made the country's best run at the tournament, TASS news agency reported yesterday.
But that format was rejected in January 2017 by FIFA's ruling council when it agreed to expand the World Cup.
The FIFA World Cup has changed the perception of Russian Federation among all countries as the visitors have discovered a hospitable country, full of people who are keen to show to the world that what sometimes is said is not actually what happens here, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.
"We are well aware of the wonderful opportunity the World Cup presents to change opinions and deflect stereotypes".
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The threat of being subjected to racism meant some fans chose to stay away from the football tournament and even led England's Danny Rose to urge his family not to travel to the country to see him play in person.
"The decision [to eventually expand] was unanimous", Infantino said.
"For a couple of years I thought that would be the case, but now I can say it with conviction".
In 2002, the World Cup was held jointly in Japan and Korea.
"Those who know me a little bit know that when I'm in front of such gifted players, who make us all dream, I can not say any negative words about them". "In the end, it is the right decision [to change the dates]". 18, 2022, but whether it will be a 32-team event or expand to 48 remains to be decided.