letter to support the bid. England, which was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round. 102 22 Opening ceremony Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup opening ceremony The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, preceding the opening match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. 39 Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia was removed in over a match-fixing attempt, 40 along with his two assistant referees, compatriots Mohammed Al-Abakry and Abdulah Al-Shalwai. "2018 World Cup" redirects here. 4, it was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
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