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US senator wants Russia disqualified from hosting W’Cup

 
Nigerian News Update » Nigerian Newspapers
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US Senator Richard Blumenthal says  he will be sending a letter to FIFA asking them to remove the 2018 World Cup hosting rights from Russia after their political complacency in Syrian war crimes.

Blumenthal spoke on News 8 on  Tuesday. The senator said Russia enabled Syria to commit last week’s gas attack, which reportedly killed 70 people. Syria says that is false.

Blumenthal said Russia knew what was going on, and should have tried to stop it. Because of that, he is going to send a letter to FIFA saying the 2018 World Cup shouldn’t be held there.

“I’m hoping that this letter will bring out the best, the better angels of the world football federation members, but I’m prepared to take next steps if necessary,” Connecticut News quoted the lawmaker  as saying on Wednesday.

“This kind of World Cup has more than just a symbolic message – it rewards Russia – it enables (Vladimir) Putin to be the big man on stage which is what feeds his ego to do more of this kind of complacency and some of the most horrific and heinous actions the world has ever seen.”

Meanwhile, FIFA’s tarnished image is badly hindering the search for sponsors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday, AFP reports.

His comments came after the Financial Times reported that the corruption-tainted world football body was struggling to find new sponsors for the upcoming World Cup, with Russian companies being “the slowest to come on board”.

The difficulties in securing sponsors “are tied to the fact that there was a huge and big attack against FIFA”, Interfax news agency quoted the outspoken Mutko as saying.

“FIFA has been accused of corruption and the like, they have ruined themselves. The losses in terms of image are colossal.”

Mutko added the FT report had “wrongly interpreted” FIFA’s predicament.

“FIFA is running into difficulties not for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but in general,” Mutko said.

FIFA has been struggling to find major new sponsors since corruption scandals that ousted its head Sepp Blatter and dozens of other football officials erupted in 2015.

Sony and the airline Emirates quit as top-level sponsors after the 2014 World Cup and were not immediately replaced.

FIFA this month announced hefty financial losses for 2016, saying it had spent a large portion of its reserves in the past year.
 
 
 
 
 
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