With the 2018 World Cup competition in Russia completed on Sunday, the Royal Thai Police on Monday concluded the operation of its special centre tasked with cracking down on online football gambling. The operation led to the arrests of 15,007 punters including three minors under 18, 695 bookies and 166 gambling ticket runners during May 1-July 15. Police also seized evidence and the assets of suspects totalling Bt51.2 million, deputy national police chief Chalermkiat Srivorakhan told reporters at the Royal Thai Police head office in Bangkok. The highest number of punters (1,000 cases) were nabbed for the final match when France competed with Croatia on Sunday night local time, he added. The number of arrested suspects – both before and during the World Cup period – was three times higher than that during the 2014 competition, Chalermkiat said. That year 4,679 punters, 258 bookies and 127 ticket runners were rounded up, he said. During that 2014 tournament, … [Read more...] about Huge increase in online-betting arrests for this year’s World Cup
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caption Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic refused to enter the team’s match as a substitute on Saturday, and was sent home on Monday to watch the rest of the tournament away from the pitch. source Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Croatia will play the rest of the World Cup with just a 22-man squad after sending home AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic. Kalinic was reportedly sent home after refusing to enter the team’s match against Nigeria as a substitute on Saturday. While Kalinic cited a back injury as the reason for his refusal, many believe that it was due to his frustration with being left out of the starting lineup. Croatia started off its 2018 World Cup run about as well as could have been hoped, looking pretty fit in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria to earn three points towards advancing out of what appears to be a highly contested Group D. But while the team is in as good a position as they … [Read more...] about Croatian striker sent home from World Cup after refusing to play as a sub in opening match
caption Mohamed Salah. source Getty Images The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off in three months’ time and will likely be one of the most-watched sports competition on the planet. France, Brazil, and Argentina are among the favourites to win the tournament with players like Antoine Griezmann, Neymar, and Lionel Messi expected to excel. But those nations are far from reliant on just one player and it takes a team effort for a single country to lift the World Cup trophy when the competition finishes on July 15. For that reason, we’ve collected a list of one player you really need to know from every nation in the tournament. Argentina — Nicolás Otamendi. source Getty Images Position: Defender. International appearances: 51 (3 goals). We’re well aware one of the best players on the planet, Lionel Messi, plays for Argentina. As does Paulo Dybala, Sergio Agüero, and Gonzalo Higuaín. Argentina has an embarrassment of riches up … [Read more...] about The one player you need to know from every country competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup
By Neil Davidson The Canadian Press Tues., March 20, 2018 Canada has a little more information on who it might face in a repechage tournament to decide the last Rugby World Cup qualifier. Belgium’s 18-10 controversial upset win over No. 20 Spain on Sunday meant No. 17 Romania qualifies for the 2019 World Cup in Japan as Europe 1. Georgia, ranked 12th in the world, topped the Rugby Europe Championship standings with a 5-0-0 record but had already qualified for the World Cup by virtue of its third-place pool finish in the 2015 tournament. That opened the door to Romania, which finished second in the standings. Read more: Rugby Canada in need of 10-point win for second chance at making World Cup Article Continued Below Former Canada rugby captain Aaron Carpenter retires after string of head injuries A win over No. 25 Belgium would have meant automatic qualification for the Spaniards rather than Romania. And there was an ugly ending to the game as angry … [Read more...] about Canada’s rugby men closer to confirming opponent for final Rugby World Cup qualifier
By Neil Davidson The Canadian Press Mon., March 19, 2018 The group hoping to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America has defended its decision for a 60-10-10 split in games. The plan calls for the U.S. to stage 60 games, including all games from the quarter-finals. Canada and Mexico will each stage 10 matches. Carlos Cordeiro, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, called it “the most optimal mix of cities and matches.” And he said the bid is not anticipating that the world governing body of soccer will make any changes to its proposal, assuming it wins. “The split of matches that we have proposed to FIFA frankly reflect the resources of the three countries,” Cordeiro told a media conference call Monday. “We in the United States are blessed with some very substantial resources in terms of stadium infrastructure, cities and so on. And that reflects the 60 matches we have on the table. “But at the end of the day there is a reason … [Read more...] about Group behind unified North America bid for 2026 World Cup defends plan to stage most games in U.S.