HELSINKI Finland (Xinhua) --
The temporary lifting of visa requirement by
Russia during the ongoing FIFA World Cup has been used by
non-Europeans for going to Finland to seek asylum, Finnish media
reported on Tuesday.
Last week a
non-European on his way to Russia interrupted his journey at
Helskinki-Vantaa airport and filed an asylum request. Finnish
Border Guard told national broadcaster, Yle that the person told
them the purpose of buying a ticket to Russia was to enter
On the land border
between Finland and Russia, three Moroccan nationals walked over
the border last week outside the authorized crossings. They will
be charged for a border violation. A Nigerian person tried to
enter Finland with an allegedly forged Brazilian passport.
Marko Saareks, head
of the situation and intelligence unit at the Border Guard, told
Yle the use of the Russian visa relaxation was expected. “But we
thought it would begin towards the end of the games”.
who have purchased an official “fan-ID” are allowed, without
visa, to enter Russia, where the 21st FIFA World Cup games are
held from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Travellers can route their
flights to Russia with transit landings in the EU area.
Last year Russia
applied a similar system during the Confederations Cup. The visa
free travel system was not utilized by asylum seekers on Finnish
World Cup TV incident in
Israel, “Players look small as ants”
JERUSALEM Israel (Xinhua) --
Most Israelis continued Tuesday to be bothered by
the TV broadcasting quality of the soccer World Cup.
People in Israel
have been bothered these days much more by the TV broadcasting
quality rather than the results of games.
The channel that
broadcasts the matches in 4k quality has a major problem of a
high shooting angle, without any zoom.
“I could not
recognize any player on my TV screen, not even Messi,” David, a
soccer fan from Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, told
“The players look
like ants,” Daniel from central Israeli city Rehovot added, “I
gave up and turned off the television.”
In the first days of
the tournament, a nationwide discontent broke up as the viewers
found out about the shooting angle in both main and 4k channels
that are showing the games.
was especially huge considering the 4k rush during the last
weeks before the games. The public broadcasting cooperation
“Kan”, who owns the World Cup rights, promised - for the first
time in Israel - a sport event in 4k resolution quality, and
people stormed up the electronic stores to buy 4k TV sets.
At the same time,
communications companies opened aggressive campaigns offering 4k
cable boxes and routers. It seems afterwards that customers
spent hundreds of dollars for nothing.
After being severely
criticized, Kan had to admit last Sunday that the 4k shooting
angle they used is a really bad one, but blamed HBS Swiss
company, which is responsible for shooting and marketing the
games. Kan also filed HBS an official complaint.
On Sunday night,
when Nigeria and Croatia were playing, Kan started to broadcast
in one of their channels with a better angle, but in a lower HD
quality. However, the other channel continues to broadcast in 4K
resolution, but still with the far angle.