[WORLD CUP 2018] A pair of Republican senators, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Dan Coats of Indiana, have written to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, asking that Russia be kicked out of the 2014 World Cup and removed as 2018 World Cup host in light of its move into Crimea.
“In light of Russia’s military occupation of a sovereign Ukraine, we respectfully ask that you urgently convene an emergency session of FIFA to consider suspending Russia’s
membership in FIFA, stripping Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup, and denying the Russian National Team the right to participate in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"According to Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes: “[d]iscrimination of any kind against a country,
private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or
"As you know, there is ample precedent for suspending or expelling a
FIFA member, such as when FIFA denied the then-Yugoslavia the right to participate in both the 1992 European Championship and the 1994 World Cup.
"Since Russia has similarly displayed a brazen disrespect for fundamental principles of FIFA and international law, I hope you will
agree that it does not deserve the honor of either hosting the World Cup or participating in one. We ask that a more deserving World Cup 2018 bid should be re-considered instead.
"We look forward to your timely action on this matter."