2018 Cup offers ticketed fans free ground travel

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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"We'll see how it will be implemented and what might be on time for the World Cup," he said.

Sorokin said Russian organizers proposed to FIFA that teams play their three group games in two adjoining clusters of venues, which would eliminate the kind of country-wide travel prevalent in Brazil. He said no times for starting matches had been proposed yet to FIFA.

He said hotel prices would be controlled, which is a problem Brazil has failed to control.

"The government of Russia has the power to interfere with hotel prices once it sees that the situation is getting out of control," Sorokin said. "We used that in Sochi (Winter Olympics), and we will use that in the World Cup."

Sorokin deflected questions about Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. He said tourists would be "well informed and not afraid to come" to Russia.

"Tourists will come to Russia to see the matches of the World Cup," he said. "They will not come to discuss political developments, which by then will be all in the past."

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