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Republican senators want FIFA to suspend Russia
March 8th, 2014 11:32PM

TAGS:  fifa, russia, world cup 2018


[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.

Their letter:

“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 expulsion.”

"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."

  1. Randy Vogt
    commented on: March 9, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.
    Amen! I was wondering if anybody was going to ask FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, something that Vladimir Putin certainly cares about, probably more than any sanctions against Russia.
  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: March 9, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.
    Ridiculous! Certainly the part about 2018- who knows what will be the state of affairs by 2018?
  1. Bill Morrison
    commented on: March 9, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
    Good for them, I've been hoping something like this would be put forth. I hold no hope in FIFA to do anything however!
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: March 9, 2014 at 6:52 p.m.
    I think that here is a chance for FIFA to make a difference on what is happening there. Will they act? I doubt it...time will tell.
  1. Bertrand Hamilton
    commented on: March 9, 2014 at 8:39 p.m.
    Nuts! This is sports not politics.
  1. Don Wilson
    commented on: March 10, 2014 at 12:35 a.m.
    Idiotic. Political grandstanding. Does anyone remotely connected to the game think Sepp Blatter would act on such a letter? This is the sport that routinely takes bribes to award the World Cup host-age to any inappropriate country with enough money. Qatar slave labor and 110 degree heat?
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: March 10, 2014 at 10:29 a.m.
    FIFA can't afford to lose U.S. sponsorship, which, if the conflict was still in progress by qualification of 2018 WC, they would lose, since there would be no reason for the USMNT to even address qualification or aspire to attend. So what would be the point of sponsoring it? They could lose ABInBev, their biggest sponsor. I don't think that FIFA will take this too lightly.

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