Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: a stark contrast with the country's authoritarian image.
218 The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced Boris Johnson 's statements that compared the event to the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany as "poisoned with venom of hate, unprofessionalism and boorishness" and "unacceptable and unworthy" parallel towards Russia, a "nation that lost millions of lives.
190 191 Official song Main article: Live It Up (Nicky Jam song) The official song of the tournament was "Live It Up with vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi, released on Its music video was released on 192 Controversies Main article: List.196 Host selection The choice of Russia as host has been challenged.Retrieved "fifa 'satisfied' with World Cup refereeing, VAR".104 All times listed below are local time.Archived from the original on 11 November 2017.
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While fifa attempted to indirectly negotiate the sale of a package consisting of Saudi matches and the final, they were unable to.