FIFA have today responded to calls that is organisation should strip Russia of the 2018 FIFA world cup.
Amid mounting criticism of Russia over the MH17 plane tragedy and conflict with Ukraine, FIFA rejects calls for the country to be stripped of 2018 World Cup hosting rights and says a boycott is no solution to the crisis.
In a statement issued by FIFA today saying: “FIFA deplores any form of violence and will continue to use its tournaments to promote dialogue, understanding and peace among peoples,”
“History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems.”
The statement added: “The hosting of the FIFA World Cup with the global attention it attracts can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments, helping to bring positive social developments.
“World football’s governing body believes that through football, particularly the FIFA World Cup and its international spotlight, we can achieve positive change in the world, but football cannot be seen as a solution for all issues, particularly those related to world politics”. It said.