The head of the Russia 2018 World Cup bid has laughed off suggestions that the country has a problem with racism, ahead of CSKA Moscow's Champions League tie against Manchester City.
Levski Sofia have been fined 19,000 levs ($12,419) after fans mocked one of the anti-racism campaigns launched by European soccer`s governing body UEFA in a Bulgarian league match last month.
High-flying Zenit St Petersburg turn their focus back to domestic action and extending their perfect start to the season when they face struggling Rostov in the Russian Premier League on Saturday.
Reigning champions CSKA saw their perfect start to the Russian Premier League season ended by Spartak in a bad-tempered 1-0 Moscow derby defeat which saw both sides finish with 10 men.
Holders Bayern Munich eased past CSKA Moscow 3-1 on Wednesday to set a Champions League record with their 10th straight victory in the competition and underline their ambition to become the first team to successfully defend the title.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes the punishment handed down to CSKA Moscow for the racist abuse of Yaya Toure will serve as a warning ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
A leading official from Russian side CSKA Moscow has claimed that accusations of racism against the club`s fans are the result of a British "smear campaign".
Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda will soon make his choice between staying with Russian football club CSKA Moscow or moving to some more influential European league.
A last-minute strike by CSKA Moscow newcomer Pontus Wernbloom snatched a 1-1 draw for the Russian side against Real Madrid.
Three CSKA Sofia players have been suspended for three months after testing positive for a banned stimulant last year.
Day in Pics: 25th October
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