Interesting idea, but highly unlikely
Republican senators Mark Kirk and Dan Coats wrote to FIFA, the head of football’s international governing body, suggesting that Russia’s membership be suspended and prohibiting them from competing in the upcoming World Cup. The pair cited FIFA statutes that “bar discrimination against any country based on politics or ethnic origin,” and they asked FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter to take the 2018 World Cup away from Russia. They cited FIFA’s decision to prevent then-Yugoslavia from participating in the 1992 European Championship and 1994 World Cup as a precedent.
While it’s highly unlikely that FIFA will act upon this request it certainly is an interesting proposition. The United States could square off with Russia if the two make it out of their respective group stages. This really just seems like an attempt to irk Putin and it really is juvenile at best, but I guess these two really wanted to make some waves.
How do you feel about this?
Would you be in favour of seeing Russia kicked out of the upcoming World Cup and losing the right to host the 2018 World Cup?