In a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter
, 13 U.S. senators have asked that FIFA pull the 2018 World Cup from Russia because of the country's “ongoing
violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
The senators included Arizona Republican John McCain
, the powerful chairman of the
Senate Committee on Armed Services and former presidential candidate, and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin
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said letting Russia host the event “inappropriately bolsters the prestige” of President Vladimir Putin’s “regime at a time it when it
should be condemned.”
FIFA's stance continues to be that
boycotts are not the most effective ways to solve problems.
Last year, two Republican senators, Dan Coats and Mark
Kirk, asked FIFA to kick Russia out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and strip its 2018 hosting rights because of Russia's actions in Ukraine.