Author Archive for Andrew Roth


Europa League final venue drenched in controversy but full of beauty

Baku has plenty worth seeing but the country’s human rights record is described by Amnesty as appallingFor a country feeling ostracised by the European community, the spectacle of sport remains one of the last, best bets to buy respect.How else to expl…


A hundred days later, has Russia’s $14bn World Cup investment paid off? | Andrew Roth

The emergence of an unlikely hero and impressive stadiums have bolstered football’s popularity, but there is still work to be done to make the new venues pay for themselvesRussia is not a footballing country, the former trainer for the national side Le…


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa

Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new oneBritish authorities have not issued a new visa to the Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and it is not clear whether one will be …