Category: Sport

FIFA imposes life bans on three high-ranking officials guilty of corruption

FIFA imposes life bans on three high-ranking officials guilty of corruption

© AP/Michael Probst MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. The world’s governing football body, FIFA, announced on Wednesday that the organization’s adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee decided to ban for life three former officials, based on corruption charges against them. According to Wednesday’s statement from the FIFA, the three officials at the issue are: – Aaron Davidson (former board chairman of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and former president of Traffic Sports USA, a sports marketing company – Costas Takkas, a former CONCACAF official and attache to the former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb – Miguel Trujillo, a former FIFA match agent and owner of sports…

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IOC chief hails North and South Korea’s drive to jointly bid for 2032 Games

IOC chief hails North and South Korea’s drive to jointly bid for 2032 Games

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hails intentions of South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to submit a joint bid for hosting the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, Insidethegames sports web portal reported on Wednesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a joint declaration at their meeting in Pyongyang on Wednesday, in which they stated, among other issues, their intention to jointly bid for hosting the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. “The International Olympic Committee (IOC) welcomes very much the intention of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to…

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North, South Korea agree to bid for co-hosting 2032 Summer Olympic games

North, South Korea agree to bid for co-hosting 2032 Summer Olympic games

SEOUL, September 19. /TASS/. North and South Korea have agreed to jointly bid for hosting the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, according to a joint declaration signed by the two states’ leaders on Wednesday. “An agreement was reached to place a joint bid for hosting the Olympic Games in 2032,” the document reads. The idea was earlier voiced by South Korean sports minister South Korea’s Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan. Besides, the two nations agreed to send joint teams to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. On February 9, delegations of both Koreas marched together under a single flag during the parade of athletes that opened the 2018…

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IOC Athletes’ Commission calls for reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping body with WADA

IOC Athletes’ Commission calls for reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping body with WADA

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission announced on Wednesday its support for the membership reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Last Friday, the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended the Executive Committee (ExCo) to make a decision on the reinstatement of the currently suspended RUSADA in its full rights during the ExCo’s meeting this week on Thursday, September 20, in the Seychelles. “The IOC Athletes’ Commission have discussed in detail the recommendations of the Compliance Review Committee (CRC) and agreed in principle with the recommendations made,” the IOC Athletes’ Commission announced on its…

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WADA: President Craig Reedie to have final say in Russia’s membership reinstatement

WADA: President Craig Reedie to have final say in Russia’s membership reinstatement

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), will have the final say regarding the membership reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) with the global organization, WADA’s press service announced to TASS on Wednesday. Last Friday, the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended the Executive Committee (ExCo) to make a decision on the reinstatement of the currently suspended RUSADA in its full rights during the ExCo’s meeting this week on Thursday, September 20, in the Seychelles. “The Executive Committee takes its decisions by an absolute majority of the votes of the members present; in the event of a…

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London’s FIFA conference to focus on results of 2018 World Cup in Russia

London’s FIFA conference to focus on results of 2018 World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be in the focus this Sunday in London during the FIFA Football Conference, which is expected to be attended by technical directors and coaches from around the globe, the world’s governing football body announced in a statement on Wednesday. “The event, which will be opened by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and moderated by FIFA Legends Alex Scott and Clarence Seedorf, will comprise an introductory session in which FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) will present a technical and tactical assessment including key statistics of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, followed by a tribute to winners…

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North, South Koreas agree to bid for co-hosting 2032 Summer Olympic games

North, South Koreas agree to bid for co-hosting 2032 Summer Olympic games

SEOUL, September 19. /TASS/. North and South Korea have agreed to jointly bid for hosting the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, according to a joint declaration signed by the two states’ leaders on Wednesday. “An agreement was reached to place a joint bid for hosting the Olympic Games in 2032,” the document reads. The idea was earlier voiced by South Korean sports minister South Korea’s Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan. Besides, the two nations agreed to send joint teams to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. On February 9, delegations of both Koreas marched together under a single flag during the parade of athletes that opened the 2018…

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Lokomotiv Moscow loses 0-3 to Galatasaray in UEFA Champions League group stage

Lokomotiv Moscow loses 0-3 to Galatasaray in UEFA Champions League group stage

© EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU ISTANBUL /Turkey/, September 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow lost 0-3 to Turkey’s Galatasaray in a Group D match of the UEFA Champions League in Istanbul on Tuesday evening. The goals were scored by Garry Rodriguez (9’), Eren Derdiyok (67’) and Inan Selcuk (94’, on penalty). Galatasaray’s Badou Ndiaye received the second yellow card and was removed from the field on the 87th minute. In the next round, Lokomotiv will face Germany’s Schalke at home on October 3, while Galatasaray will hold a visiting match with Potugal’s Porto on the same day. In other media

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Russia vows to put into operation all facilities for 2019 Winter Universiade by yearend

Russia vows to put into operation all facilities for 2019 Winter Universiade by yearend

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. All sports and infrastructure facilities for the 2019 Winter Universiade, scheduled to kick off in spring of 2019 in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, will be put into operation by the end of the year, a senior official with the organizing committee told TASS on Tuesday. “All facilities are being put into operation in line with the initial schedule and most recently some of the facilities already became operational,” Maxim Urazov, the chief of the Universiade-2019 directorate, said in an interview with TASS. “All facilities must be put into operation by the end of December.” “A total of nine test-mode tournaments…

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International Paralympic Committee waits for WADA to decide on RPC reinstatement

International Paralympic Committee waits for WADA to decide on RPC reinstatement

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is currently negotiating with the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) the reimbursement of 257,500 euros required as a compensation for the national organization’s membership reinstatement with the global Paralympic body, IPC spokesperson Craig Spence told TASS on Tuesday. Following a meeting of the IPC Executive Board members on September 10-11 in Spain’s Madrid, the global Paralympic body announced its decision to maintain the RPC membership suspension saying the Russian national committee failed to implement two of the initially required criteria and also had to reimburse the IPC with 257,500 euros. “The WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] meeting is…

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Russian tennis chief confirms reports about Maria Sharapova’s decision to wrap up season

Russian tennis chief confirms reports about Maria Sharapova’s decision to wrap up season

MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS, Andrey Kartashov/. President of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) Shamil Tarpishchev confirmed to TASS on Monday earlier media reports that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova decided to close the season and pull out of earlier scheduled tournaments. New York Times journalist Ben Rothenberg announced on his Twitter account earlier in the day that “Sharapova is shutting down her 2018 season, withdrawing from Beijing, Tianjin, and Moscow to rest and recuperate.” The journalist added that Sharapova planned “to return at WTA Shenzhen to start the 2019 season, per her team.” Asked by a TASS correspondent whether this information was true, RTF President…

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Six-time Olympic Champ Viktor Ahn pens ‘thank you’ letter to Russian fans for support

Six-time Olympic Champ Viktor Ahn pens ‘thank you’ letter to Russian fans for support

MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. World’s famous short track speed skater Viktor Ahn thanked in his open letter on Monday all fans for their support throughout his career in the Russian national team. Alexei Kravtsov, the president of the Russian Speed Skating Union (RSSU), announced on September 5 that Russian national Viktor Ahn, made a decision to wrap up with his sports career. The 32-year-old athlete, who was born in South Korea, had been expected to become the head coach of the Russian national short track speed skating team, but he announced his decision to return home and declined the offer for the coaching job. “I…

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Russian anti-doping officials to skip this week’s WADA Executive Committee session

Russian anti-doping officials to skip this week’s WADA Executive Committee session

MOSCOW, September 17. TASS/. Representatives of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will not be attending a session of the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping agency (WADA) on September 20 in the Seychelles, a senior official with the Russian agency told TASS on Monday. Last Friday, the WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended the Executive Committee (ExCo) to make a decision on the reinstatement of the currently suspended RUSADA in its full rights during the Executive Committee’s meeting this week on Thursday, September 20, in the Seychelles. “There are currently not a single Russian citizens holding a seat in the WADA Executive Committee,” Margarita Pakhnotskaya,…

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Russia tops Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships medal standings with 7 gold medals

Russia tops Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships medal standings with 7 gold medals

SOFIA, September 16. /TASS/. Russia finished the 2018 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Bulgaria on top of the overall medal standings, with seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Russia is followed by Italy, with one gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Bulgaria is third (one gold, one silver and one bronze medals). The Russian athletes grabbed gold medals in all individual disciplines and one gold medal in the group all-round, with the 5 hoops being the only discipline with no medals won. In other media

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WADA clarifies its stance regarding recommendation to reinstate RUSADA

WADA clarifies its stance regarding recommendation to reinstate RUSADA

MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has clarified its stance regarding WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee’s (CRC’s) recommendation to the agency’s Executive Committee to reinstate Russian anti-doping body RUSADA in a statement posted on its website. On Friday, WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) delivered a recommendation to go to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) when the ExCo meets next on the Seychelles on September 20. WADA leadership’s correspondence with Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov was also made public. In its June 22 letter, WADA suggested a simplified procedure of RUSADA reinstatement, and the…

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UFC tournament in Moscow becomes Russia’s most attended MMA event ever

UFC tournament in Moscow becomes Russia’s most attended MMA event ever

Russian MMA fighter Aleksei Oleinik © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournament in Moscow has set the attendance record for a mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Russia, UFC Vice President David Shaw told reporters. According to the official, the event in Moscow was attended by 22,603 people, the highest ever attendance in Russia and the fifth-ever for an UFC event worldwide. Shaw said the organization now plans to hold one or two tournaments in Russia next year and views Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, Black Sea resort of Sochi and Far Eastern city of Vladivostok as possible…

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RUSADA reinstatement to become major step for IAAF on way to ARAF recognition — coach

RUSADA reinstatement to become major step for IAAF on way to ARAF recognition — coach

MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) might hope for the return to the world’s sport in case the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is reinstated in the near future, the head coach of Russia’s national team, Yuri Borzakovsky, told TASS. On Friday, WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) delivered a recommendation to go to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) when the ExCo meets next on the Seychelles on September 20. “The reinstatement of RUSADA will become a major step for the ARAF on the way towards its reinstatement. If our anti-doping agency is again compliant…

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Russia reached its ultimate goal at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships — coach

Russia reached its ultimate goal at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships — coach

Irina Viner-Usmanova © Mikhail Metzel/TASS, archive SOFIA, September 15. /TASS/. Russia’s national team has reached its ultimate goal at the 2018 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Bulgaria, winning two gold and one bronze in Olympic disciplines, head coach Irina Viner-Usmanova said on Saturday. On Saturday, the Russian team of Mariia Kravtsova, Evgeniia Levanova, Ksenia Poliakova, Anastasia Shishmakova, Anastasiia Tatareva and Maria Tolkacheva won the gold medal in the group all-around. The Russian team scored 46,300 points, followed by Italy (44,825 points) and Bulgaria (42,050). It was the 11th medal won by Russian athletes at the tournament. As the penultimate day of the global event ended…

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Moscow to host first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship’s event in Russia

Moscow to host first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship’s event in Russia

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) debut tournament in Russia will be held at Moscow’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Saturday. Over its 20-year history, the organization has never held fights in Russia. Some 12 battles will take place during the tournament, and 11 of them will feature Russian fighters. Nearly 12,000 people are expected to attend the event, making it one of the most visited shows in Russia. UFC Senior Vice President David Shaw told TASS in June that Russia was obviously an important part of the organization’s international extension strategy. He also said that the UFC planned to hold more events in…

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RUSADA’s reinstatement may solve all RPC’s problems – official

RUSADA’s reinstatement may solve all RPC’s problems – official

RPC First Vice President Pavel Rozhkov © Stoyan Vasev/TASS MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. The recommendation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Compliance Committee to reinstate the currently suspended membership of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) may solve all problems of the Russian Paralympic Committee, RPC First Vice President Pavel Rozhkov told TASS. On Friday, WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) delivered a recommendation to go to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) when the ExCo meets next on September 20. “In general, the news is positive for the RPC since the compliance committee signaled that two key issues for…

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WADA compliance committee recommends reinstating Russian Anti-Doping Agency

WADA compliance committee recommends reinstating Russian Anti-Doping Agency

MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. The Compliance Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended the Executive Committee on Friday to reinstate the currently suspended membership of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). “Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) delivered a recommendation to go to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) when the ExCo meets next on 20 September,” the WADA said in its official statement. “During its usual pre-ExCo conference call, held on 13 September, the CRC reviewed at length a letter from the Russian Ministry of Sport to WADA and was satisfied that…

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Russian goalkeeper Gabulov terminates contract with Belgian football club Brugge

Russian goalkeeper Gabulov terminates contract with Belgian football club Brugge

Vladimir Gabulov © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Vladimir Gabulov, a goalkeeper of the Russian national football team, announced on Friday that he terminated a contract with Belgium’s Brugge football club, which is one of the most decorated clubs in Belgium being second only to its major rivals Anderlecht FC. “Yesterday, I officially terminated my contract with Club Brugge,” Gabulov said on his Instagram account on Friday. “I want to thank my teammates, club staff and the fans for everything.” “It was an invaluable experience for me,” he said. “The Belgian league title with a good team, beautiful city, incredible atmosphere at the stadium -…

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Russia’s Formula One racer Daniil Kvyat informs Ferrari about plans to leave — reports

Russia’s Formula One racer Daniil Kvyat informs Ferrari about plans to leave — reports

MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Russian auto racer Daniil Kvyat has informed Team Ferrari, where he is currently listed as a development driver, about his plans to leave and possibly join Team Toro Rosso, Juanjo Saez, a journalist with MotorLAT, announced on Friday. “Daniil Kvyat is on the brink of making a comeback to Formula One racing,” Saez wrote on Twitter reporting ahead of the F1 Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. “The Russian has informed Ferrari about his intention to leave,” Saez wrote. “He will be piloting again for Toro Rosso. Torpedo is back.” Last week, Motorsport.com reported citing its sources that Kvyat moved to the top…

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IBSF disappointed by Para Bobsleigh exclusion from 2022 Olympics program

IBSF disappointed by Para Bobsleigh exclusion from 2022 Olympics program

MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced on Thursday its disappointment over a decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) against including Para Bobsleigh in the program of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in China’s Beijing. “Following the discussions of the last months with the IPC this came with a big surprise as the IBSF had been assured all relevant documents had been provided and criteria were met,” the IBSF announced in a statement on Thursday. “The IBSF will meet with the IPCґs leadership as soon as possible to further explore details of the decision taken,” the statement added. IBSF…

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Russian Speed Skating Union keeps hoping for Ahn’s return as national team’s head coach

Russian Speed Skating Union keeps hoping for Ahn’s return as national team’s head coach

Viktor Ahn © Artyom Korortayev/TASS MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. World’s famous short track speed skater Viktor Ahn is still welcomed to take up the post of the Russian national short track team’s head coach, Alexei Kravtsov, the president of the Russian Speed Skating Union (RSSU), told TASS on Thursday. RSSU President announced last week that Russian national Viktor Ahn, made a decision to wrap up with his sports career. The 32-year-old athlete, who was born in South Korea, had been expected to become the head coach of the Russian national short track speed skating team, but he announced his decision to return home and declined the…

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Russian Paralympic Committee disappointed over IPC membership decision

Russian Paralympic Committee disappointed over IPC membership decision

MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. A decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) against reinstating the membership of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) with the global organization is disappointing, the RPC press service told TASS on Thursday. Following a meeting of the IPC Executive Board members on September 10-11 in Spain’s Madrid, the global Paralympic body announced its decision to maintain the RPC membership suspension saying the Russian national committee failed to implement two of the initially required criteria. “The Russian Paralympic Committee is upset with the IPC decision against the full-scale membership reinstatement with the international committee,” the RPC said in a statement. “The IPC…

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Russian tennis chief optimistic about Davis Cup’s match against Belarus in Moscow

Russian tennis chief optimistic about Davis Cup’s match against Belarus in Moscow

MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. The Russian national men’s tennis team has good chances to succeed in beating their opponents from Belarus during their 2018 ATP Davis Cup encounter in Moscow this weekend, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) said on Thursday. The teams from Russia and Belarus are meeting on September 14-15 at the Luzhniki Small Sports Arena in Moscow as part of their Group I relegation play-off. Both teams lost to Austria in the opening rounds of the year and this weekend they will clash to decide who is to remain in the top world group. “We are anticipating a very interesting…

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Putin attends junior judo competition in Vladivostok

Putin attends junior judo competition in Vladivostok

VLADIVOSTOK, September 12. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the finals of the junior judo competition, which was part of the sporting program of the Fourth Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Vladivostok. The International Jigoro Kano Junior Judo Tournament for under-18 male and female judokas was first held within the frames of the Eastern Economic Forum in 2017. The sports tournament, named after founder of judo wrestling Jigoro Kano, has been officially authorized as an international competition by the International Judo Federation (IJF). The competition is held under the patronage of Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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FIFA: Worldwide summer transfers window hits record-high figure of $5.44 bln

FIFA: Worldwide summer transfers window hits record-high figure of $5.44 bln

MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. International football clubs have set a new record spending $5.44 billion on players’ transfers during the 2018 summer registration period, the world’s governing football body, FIFA, announced in its report on Wednesday. The period of the summer transfer activity was opened between June 1 and September 1, 2018. “The report is a summary of activity in the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) by clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain (“the Big 5″) during this year’s summer registration period,” a statement from the FIFA reads. The FIFA announced that within this year’s summer period “8,401 international transfers were completed around…

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John Terry decides against playing for Spartak Moscow FC

John Terry decides against playing for Spartak Moscow FC

John Terry © AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. John Terry, a former captain of England’s national football team and of Chelsea FC, announced on Wednesday his decision against signing a contract with Russian football club Spartak Moscow. The 37-year-old footballer wrote on his Instagram account that Spartak Moscow is a professional and ambitious club, but he made this decision after holding consultations with his family. “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow,” Terry said. “I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season,” the…

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