Germany's Bild to boycott Confederations Cup over Russian 'censorship'

Published April 25th, 2017 - 02:17 GMT
According to Bild, journalists will be unable to report on possible shortcomings or protests around the tournament.
According to Bild, journalists will be unable to report on possible shortcomings or protests around the tournament.

Germany's biggest-selling newspaper intends to boycott the forthcoming football Confederations Cup, saying Russia is attempting to censor foreign journalists covering the event.

Although world champions Germany are taking part in the June 17 to July 2 tournament, the mass-circulation Bild said it would not be sending any reporters to Russia "as long as this censorship applies."

Journalists applying for a special visa for the tournament as a condition of their accreditation must agree to report only on the tournament and "on the territory of the host cities and cultural sites located nearby."

According to Bild, this means journalists will be unable to report on possible shortcomings or protests around the tournament.

Football world governing body FIFA had gone along with the restrictions and was "knuckling under" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bild said.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel was quoted by Bild as saying he would raise the issue at the FIFA Council meeting on May 9.

"It would be an important signal for the 2018 World Cup if the Russian organizing committee makes clear that there are no restrictions on press freedom," he was quoted as saying.


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