According to the Russian website Newsru, Sidyakin explained that the letter is a reaction to a petition by U.S. senators Mark Kirk and Dan Coates who appealed to FIFA to ban Russia from the World Cup in the light of the ongoing situation in Crimea.
However, Kirk and Coates are not alone in asking FIFA to punish Russia for their political standoff with Ukraine.
Last week, BBC journalist Chris Morris reported that an EU official had suggested that there would be a push for Russia to be barred from this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
What do you think of the whole situation? Do you think the U.S. Senators have a point? Or do you think this is just a publicity stunt? What about Russia’s response, should that even be taken seriously given the fact it’s coming from Russia?