April 20 – A US Democrat Senator has urged FIFA to consider stripping Russia as hosts of next year’s World Cup over its alleged complicity in the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Richard Blumenthal’s complaint, like others in the past about Russia’s legitimacy or lack of it, is certain to fall on deaf ears.
But in a letter to FIFA presidency Gianno Infantino he says Russia being allowed to host the World Cup sends out the wrong kind of message.
“FIFA must stand up for the values of soccer players and fans around the globe by rejecting Russia as a host country,” the senator said.
“I believe that the other nations that bid to host the 2018 World Cup and the Unites States Soccer Federation would assist in the location of a suitable alternative venue.”
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