"We are convinced that it would look bad on Russia's part if it would so obviously curb press freedom while the world is watching."
-- Steffen Seibert
, a spokesperson for German
Chancellor Angela Merkel
, after Russia cancelled Hajo Seppelt
's visa to cover the World Cup despite FIFA's approval of his accreditation request. Seppelt, who works for German public
broadcaster ARD, exposed systematic doping in Russian track & field. (AP