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Brazil, who will stage the 2014 installment of FIFA's showpiece tournament -- the World Cup -- faced a wave of protests about the costs involved in playing host when the forerunner to the tournament, the Confederations Cup, took place in June.
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Sandwiched in between those two is Russia 2018,[url=]nike sko[/url], who are again having to field accusations of racism among supporters of one of their biggest clubs.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure claims he was the subject of monkey chants from CSKA Moscow fans during their Champions League game on Wednesday and even raised the possibility of boycotting the 2018 World Cup.
Ivory Coast international Toure declared himself "furious" and in an interview with City's TV channel called on UEFA -- European football's governing body -- to impose tough sanctions on CSKA, and "ban them for a couple of years."
While UEFA confirmed they'd opened disciplinary proceedings against CSKA for "racist behavior of their fans" after reports submitted from their two officials at the match, the club denies any allegations of racist behavior,[url=]billige nike shox[/url], and claim that UEFA's delegate didn't hear anything untoward.
Toure's Ivory Coast teammate Seydou Doumbia, who played in the match for CSKA, said he had heard nothing in the way of monkey chants and told the club's official website Toure "clearly got worked up."
Doumbia distanced himself from those comments on Friday, saying he hadn't spoken to any journalists after the game.
Whatever the outcome, the furore has provoked another wave of negative headlines about the World Cup and brought the issue of racial discrimination into sharp focus.
Brazil's World Cup winning defender Roberto Carlos twice had a banana thrown at him from the stands in 2011 when playing for Anzhi Makhachkala in the volatile Dagestan region while Zenit St Petersburg were forced to distance themselves from a fans group who called for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team.
However, it is arguable that racism is way down the 2018 committee's to do list of priorities.
"There is still this attitude in Russia that the 2018 World Cup is a long way away and they have got all sorts of problems they need to tackle before they even get to the issue of racism,[url=]billige nike sko[/url]," James Appell, a Moscow-based football journalist told CNN.
"I think the organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup has probably taken the decision that FIFA are much more concerned that the stadiums aren't going to be built, the roads will be bad and the railway links aren't going to be there by the time 2018 comes around."
While FIFA president Sepp Blatter declared himself happy with Russia's preparations at a recent summit in Argentina, Appell argues infrastructure development remains a huge concern.
"So if a few thousand fans -- and I'm not trying to diminish the issue -- but if a few thousand fans air these chants in a Champions League game in the year 2013, they are pretty confident they can sweep that under the carpet,[url=]nike løbesko[/url], but they've got to get the transport,[url=]nike shox[/url], logistics and stadiums in order.
"There are 14 or 15 host stadiums, how many of them are ready today? None, not a single one. Some of them are built but need renovating; some haven't even been built yet.
"That is where FIFA can say we literally can't hold a major tournament here if you don't have stadiums or roads, so that is where the prime motivation is at the moment.
"To even get to the point where they can say 'Right, we've solved that problem' they are years away."
Russia's organizing committee has insisted all stakeholders in Russian football have made it clear there is no place for racism in the game.
It also pointed to a new 'Fans Law', ratified by President Vladimir Putin in July, that bolsters the sanctions available to the authorities when dealing with hooliganism by Russian fans, like stadium bans and harsher fines.

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