No warm balls - FIFA reassure fans that World Cup draw is entirely random

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Football's governing body has responded to claims that some of the balls are heated or cooled to ensure teams are kept apart in the group stage

FIFA has reassured fans that the World Cup draw is 'entirely random' and completely fair.

Football's governing body has denied claims that some of the balls are heated or cooled before the draw to ensure certain teams are kept apart in the draw, ensuring they have a better chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

FIFA director of competitions Chris Unger has come out strongly to insist that the draw is random and no bias is given to particular teams.

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"There's no truth to that," Unger said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"They're all the same; they don't feel any different, they don't look any different with the exception of the red balls, which are there for a purpose. It's entirely random and by chance how the groups get formed at the end."

The World Cup draw takes place on Friday, December 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Gary Lineker and Maria Komandnaya will host the draw, where the eight groups will be drawn.

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