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Indian fan dies in car crash in Russia near World Cup city Sochi, Interfax says

MOSCOW: An Indian soccer fan, in Russia for the World Cup, died in a car crash on Saturday on a road near the tournament host city Sochi, Interfax news agency cited sources as saying. The incident, the first reported death of a World Cup visitor to Russia, was blamed by police on the driver, although Russian roads are notorious and claimed over 19,000 lives in 2017. A statement released by the regional police department said a Russian taxi driver and an Indian citizen died at the scene and another Indian passenger was…

Shahid Afridi says arrest of Indian fan ‘shameful’

KARACHI: All-rounder Shahid Afridi on Wednesday said the arrest of an Indian student for wearing a shirt bearing his name was "shameful", but would not deter the subcontinent's cricket-mad fans from supporting rival players. Ripon Chowdhury, 21, was arrested on Sunday in Hailakandi, a small town in the north-eastern state of Assam, while watching a local cricket tournament after his shirt angered a Hindu nationalist group. "A complaint was lodged against him by a local right-wing outfit. We arrested him based on the…