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FIFA Backs 2018 Russia World Cup
Reuters, July 25th, 2014 11:33AM

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FIFA on Friday said it remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite the Kremlin’s conflict with Ukraine, claiming that a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region. Earlier this week, German politicians suggested stripping Russia of the 2018 tournament as punishment for backing the rebels fighting with the Ukrainian government, although Moscow claims it has no link with the separatists.

"FIFA deplores any form of violence and will continue to use its tournaments to promote dialogue, understanding and peace among peoples,” soccer’s world governing body said in a statement. “History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems."

FIFA said the World Cup could be a "powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments", uniting teams and nations. FIFA is convinced that, through football, particularly the FIFA World Cup and its international spotlight, we can achieve positive change in the world, but football cannot be seen as a solution for all issues, particularly those related to world politics. We have seen that the FIFA World Cup can be a force for good and FIFA believes this will be the case for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia."

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    commented on: July 28, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.
    Okay. I don't disagree. Not that I want the FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Russia. But, yes, it can then have perhaps a very positive effect in some ways. More so a FIFA World Cup spread over a country, invovling at least 12 host cities and even the transit cities in between. In this respect, this is what makes this FIFA marquee tournament so superior to what the IOC has with its Olympics. Sochi is a remote corner of Russia that most Russians will never see or know in their lifetimes. All I ask is: Did Sochi 2014 alter anything? The Ukranian mischief started before that flame for the Games was extinguished. Did the Peking hosted 2008 Summer Olympics change anything in the biggest prison country in the whole world? I don't think it has - yet. I ask. Because I hope for change in these very dodgy and so often evil countries, countries where I would never want to live or call as my birthplace.


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