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Foreigners to make 10% of audience at 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia

February 14, 19:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Foreign football fans will make up ten percent of the audience at matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday.

"The rate of football fans always stood at 80 to 20, but we (Russia) will perhaps see the rate of 90 to 10," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said.

"Speaking about the income from the tournament, I should say that it is up to FIFA to make the calculations as it is the holder of all rights," Mutko added.

The FIFA Confederations Cup, which is also viewed by experts as a rehearsal a year prior to the FIFA World Cup, will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Moscow’s Otkritie-Arena, the St. Petersburg Arena, Sochi’s Fisht Arena and the Kazan-Arena.

Participants of the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup winners Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup winners New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

The Draw for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was held on November 26 in the Russian city of Kazan. Following the draw hosts Russia was placed in Group A alongside with Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand. Group B has brought together Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon.

The opening game will be held in St. Petersburg on June 17 between Russia and New Zealand. Russia will face Portugal in Moscow on June 21 and on June 24 it will play Mexico in Kazan.

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