For all the talk of Russia possibly being stripped of the 2018 World Cup, here’s another question: what the hell was FIFA thinking awarding Russia the 2018 World Cup in the first place?
With unrest in the Ukraine magnifying this week after the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17, the Guardian is reporting that German politicians have raised the possibility of stripping Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup.
The shouts come from several members in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative party after Western countries blamed pro-Russian separatists for shooting down the aircraft and killing 298 people.
With the European Union contemplating harsh economic sanctions on Russia it is now Germany’s belief that removing Russia’s right to hold the soccer tournament could be an even more impactful move.
Michael Fuchs, deputy head of the conservative bloc in the German parliament, told Handelsblatt Online that “Fifa should think about whether Moscow is an appropriate host if it can’t even guarantee safe airways.”
Removing the tournament from Russia is also a move Germany favors because they argue that economic sanctions on Russia could be difficult to implement due to…
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