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“FIFA has made a decision to use 12 stadiums in 11 cities,” Russian Sports Minister Mutko told reporters without naming the two cities who did not make the list.

Thirteen Russian cities – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara,Saransk, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Rostov, Sochi and Yekaterinburg – had been competing for the right to stage the matches.

Local media reported that Saransk and Yaroslavl had been dropped. Mutko said earlier this month that Saransk,Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad and Rostov were the most under threat.

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