Russia has granted entry to the World Cup to a German journalist who exposed systematic doping in Russian athletics, reversing a decision last week that had angered German officials.
However, Russian law enforcement said on Tuesday that Hajo Seppelt will face questioning about his investigative reporting into doping if he attends the tournament. The Investigative Committee, a major Russian law enforcement agency equivalent to America’s FBI, said in a statement it will insist on Seppelt answering questions about his investigations if he travels to Russia.
The argument over Seppelt’s visa arose ahead of a meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Friday May 11th between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Press freedom is of paramount importance,” said FIFA. “We regret the inconvenience experienced by the journalist and reiterate that FIFA, local organisers and the host, Russia, will offer the best possible working conditions for all accredited media representatives.”