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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Fans in Russia create stone mosaics of World Cup stars Salah, Messi

Fans in Russia, meanwhile, have created stone mosaics of Salah and other star footballers who will be at the World Cup, including Argentina’s Leo Messi, according to RT.

Salah’s star power was not lost on Chechnya’s (controversial) leader, who is being accused of using an appearance with the Liverpool striker “to score a public relations boon” while he leads a crackdown grounded in political Islam, the AP says. Some of Salah’s supporters have said that the footballer should issue a statement condemning the Chechen leader’s policies, but the New York Times notes that Salah was an unwilling participant in Ramzan Kadyrov’s publicity stunt, having been literally hauled out of bed by the Chechen strongman.

In non-football news expected this week:

  • The US Federal Reserve looks likely to hike interest rates when it meets tomorrow
  • Brexit legislation is before the UK House of Commons today and tomorrow
  • The European Central Bank meets on Thursday

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