It may still be a subject of widespread controversy, but it seems as though the final nail has been hit into the coffins of those protesting against Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018.
The official logo for the tournament, which will take place four years from now, has been unveiled, and it follows a trend initially set by Korea and Japan - and then mimicked by Brazil this summer - by way of including the World Cup trophy in its design.
The announcement had barely been made before criticisms started to pour in on Twitter, with various parties conjuring up different things it could be compared to.
Russia and the Ukraine
The official unveiling came via the International Space Station, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter was then quick to confirm that the tournament would not be changing destination despite the ongoing troubles Russia are having with Ukraine.
It was also confirmed that should the relations between the two nations not improve, they would both be placed in separate groups come the time of the draw. Naturally it was a night of rare celebration for Russia, who have seen many protest over the idea of them staging the tournament.
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Though countries like South Africa and Brazil may not have been so economically viable there was no question over their integrity or attitude. In contrast Russia has been sitting in a negative light for sometime now, and accusations over racial abuse whenever foreign clubs venture to play Champions League matches in the country hardly paints a bright picture.
As for the on-pitch fortunes of the nation in question, Fabio Capello will be hoping he can construct a far better side than the one which crashed out of Brazil 2014 at the group stages. Two draws and a loss left them on two points as Belgium and surprise outfit Algeria progressed, and the host nation will be aiming for better next time around.
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