The 2018 World Cup in Russia Will Be Broadcasted in Ukraine Despite Kiev’s Calls for a Boycott

Translated by Ollie Richardson


The “Inter Media Group” has acquired the rights to broadcast the matches of the 2018 World Cup. All the matches of the football tournament will be exclusively shown on the “Inter” and “NTN” TV channels, it is said in the statement of the TV channel.

The Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast on the air of Inter and “NTN” from June 14th. According to the TV channel, the last FIFA World Cup, which took place place in Brazil in 2014, was watched by 3.2 billion people.

The 21st tournament under the auspices of the International Federation of Association Football of FIFA will take place from June 14th to July 15th, 2018 in Russia.

As was reported, in February, 2018 the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine announced the decision not to broadcast the WC. In turn, the Minister of Youth and Sport Igor Zhdanov urged Ukrainian fans not to go to the Russian Federation to watch this international tournament.

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) officially confirmed on February 1st that it won’t carry out the accreditation of Ukrainian journalists for covering the final part of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Meanwhile, a number of Ukrainian journalists obtained accreditation directly through FIFA.

In addition, the FFU refused the quota for the acquisition of tickets for matches of the 2018 World Cup 2018.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavel Klimkin said at the end of January, Ukraine is conducting negotiations with football federations and fan organisations over the possibility of boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the Russian Federation or to hold protests within the framework of the action.

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