U.S. senators take anti-Russia World Cup stance

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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They 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.

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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.

1 comment about "U.S. senators take anti-Russia World Cup stance".
  1. Zoe Willet, April 6, 2015 at 2 a.m.

    Please, let's try to keep politics out of soccer! Shame on my state, both Durbin and Kirk!

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