Thursday October 30th, 2014

Russia's unveiling of the 2018 World Cup logo should have been a harmless bit of self-promotion, but it turned into an international issue when the promotional video showed a map of the nation with the disputed Crimean territory included.

Vladimir Putin caused an uproar when his government seized control of Crimea shortly after the end of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, with most countries still recognizing the region as part of independent Ukraine.

The Associated Press reports that the video has since been edited to remove the offending map, with a less politically charged version now in its place.

Brendan Maloy

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