3 April 2014, 10:06

FIFA Refuses to ban Russia from World Cup 2014

FIFA Refuses to ban Russia from World Cup 2014

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) rejected US senators' call to ban Russia from 2014 World Cup in response to the Kremlin's position on Ukraine. A month ago senators Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, sent a letter to FIFA requesting the international governing organization for soccer to strip Russia from its right to host the World Cup in 2018 and also ban it from this year's edition of the event which will be hosted by Brazil.

FIFA rules and regulations do not apply to a "entities outside the pyramidal structure of the game of football," FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told US lawmakers in a response letter.

A He added that individual teams could not be banned from a competition because of actions by their parent states.

On December 2, 2010, FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football) chose Russia as the host of the 2018 World Cup.

The championships will be held in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

All the cities that will host the championship can boast of many historic monuments and sites. Each of these cities has been included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Russia is undertaking a large-scale project of building sports facilities and necessary infrastructure for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

32 national teams will take part in in the championship. Russia, as the championship's host, will have the right to take part in the championship in any case, RIA news reports.


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