Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is proud of his side’s willingness to fight “until the bitter end” following their 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Russian Federation.
Mexico forward Hirving Lozano took advantage of an bad mix-up in the Russian defense to score an extraordinary goal which gave his side a 2-1 win and knocked the Confederations Cup host out of the tournament Saturday.
McLaren did mention football in his report, but at the time it was unclear which players may have been involved.
FIFA told TASS that the organization was, “in close collaboration“, investigating allegations involving football players in the McLaren report but that it did not refer to any players directly, as such conduct would breach protocol.
The president of Russia’s Football Union, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, told reporters in Kazan on Saturday, ahead of Russia’s clash with Mexico: “I have asked FIFA to leave the system at the four stadiums and FC Krasnodar has asked for it as well”.
A report in England’s Mail On Sunday alleges that Russia’s entire 23-man squad, who were eliminated in the group stages in Brazil three years ago, were among 34 Russian footballers being investigated by world football’s governing body over possible drug offences.
It did confirm, though, that the entire 2014 squad underwent pre-competition and post-match doping tests at the time, which were all negative.
“Don’t pay attention to this, they have been writing about us negatively since 2010”, Mutko said. It said it wanted investigations to be completed quickly and that it could not provide further details until then.
It added that the same procedure is being applied for this year’s Confederations Cup, which is being held in Russian Federation as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup.
“All of which resulted negative”, a spokesman for football’s governing body said.
Massimo Busacca, FIFA head of refereeing, centre, and Alexey Sorokin, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia local organising committee CEO, are reflected in a TV screen, right, during half-time press conference following the group stag.
Russian athletes have become pariahs in many sports in the wake of the scandal, which revealed a widespread plot to replace tainted urine samples from athletes with “clean” ones to avoid detection.
“It is incumbent on them to say what steps they are taking, what they find, and take whatever action necessary to protect the integrity of sport”.
“In general, there hasn’t been a single doping incident in Russian football in many recent years”.
“I have to agree, it was too long, but the correct decision was made“.
The hosts then upped the pressure midway through the second half and they nearly took the lead when a fantastic drilled shot from Fyodor Smolov hit the post with the goalkeeper beaten.