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Russian State Duma Deputies Call for Ending of US FIFA Membership: Daily Soccer Report

fifa world cup Russian State Duma Deputies Call for Ending of US FIFA Membership: Daily Soccer Report

Last week, two Republican senators told FIFA that they wanted Russia kicked out of the 2014 World Cup. Now, in retaliation, deputies in the Russian State Duma have called for the USA’s FIFA membership to be terminated.

One of the Russian deputies wrote on his Twitter page:

“It’s an eye for an eye, a ball for a ball. Don’t let the USA take part in the 2014 World Cup! End their membership of FIFA.”

According to Inside World Football, “Aleksandr Sidyakin and Mikhail Markelov have written an official letter to world football’s governing body, asking for the USA men’s football team to be disqualified from the 2014 World Cup and for their membership of the organization to be terminated.”

So much for the end of the Cold War!

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9 Responses to Russian State Duma Deputies Call for Ending of US FIFA Membership: Daily Soccer Report

  1. Proud Eurosnob says:

    Now I do have an issue or two with US Soccer, but in no way would I even advocate ending FIFA membership for the US. However the recent actions from Russia against Ukraine should be a cause for disqualification as hosts of the 2018 World Cup.

    • Pakapala says:

      So the US should be allowed to go into other countries and defend their selfish political interests without any sanction from FIFA but Russia should get disqualified for similar things?

  2. IU Gonzo says:

    So, basically what the Russians are saying is that they will meet stupidity with stupidity.

  3. Joe McGinniss wrote a really good footy book – The Miracle of Castel di Sangro. Interesting experience, even more interesting observation of flat out match fixing. No doubt he and Declan Hill would enjoy a pint together.

    The US / Russia stuff is just flat-out silly. Next.


    • IU Gonzo says:

      That’s a great book. One of the higher-ups at work had read it when it came out and loaned it on to me. Besides the match-fixing, there are great stories of the manager, the players, the area, the stadium issues, etc. RIP, Joe.

  4. David says:

    This is just ridiculous. As much as I don’t agree with Russia, no way do they deserved to be kicked out of the World Cup. Mixing politics and sports is stupid.

  5. rkujay says:

    For most of Americans, the notion of politics mixing with sport is anathema.
    For those of us who have followed footy for any length of time…Politics and football are inexorably joined.

    Just ask Generalissimo Franco and Alberto Di Stefano

  6. Realist says:

    Imagine if Russia and USA meet in Round of 16? If that happens, I’ll be going to the sports bar, sporting my Russia shirt and cheering on the Sbornaya! :)

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