Russian politicians want FIFA to kick the U.S. out of the World Cup

Republican Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois and Dan Coates of Indiana co-wrote a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter last week demanding that the Russian national team be expelled from the 2014 World Cup and the 2018 World Cup — which Russia will host — be relocated following the country's invasion of Ukraine. The senators cited FIFA's decision to exclude Yugoslavia from the 1994 World Cup, a result of the Yugoslav Wars, as a precedent.

Via The Guardian:

"Since Russia has similarly displayed a brazen disrespect for fundamental principles of Fifa and international law, [we] hope you will agree that it doesn't deserve the honour of either hosting the World Cup or participating in one."

Russian politicians have responded, demanding the United States national team be suspended. Alexander Sidyakin and Michael Markelov wrote Blatter this week, and the former tweeted "an eye for an eye, a ball for a ball."

The letter reads (in part):

"Dear Mr. Blatter,

…We respectfully ask that you urgently convene an emergency session of FIFA to consider suspending US's membership in FIFA and denying the United States Team the right to participate in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

According to Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes: "discrimination 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."


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