U.S. out of World Cup, Russian politicians tell FIFA
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[March 12, 2014]
By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy
MOSCOW (Reuters) — Two Russian politicians
are demanding the United States be kicked out of this year's World Cup
and has its membership of world soccer's governing body FIFA terminated.
The petition to FIFA was made by Aleksandr Sidyakin and Mikhail
Markelov, deputies from the Russian State Duma, which is the
country's lower parliament house.
The politicians cite aggressive actions against Yugoslavia, Iraq and
Libya as well as attempts to encroach on Syria, as reasons for
asking for the ban.
Sidyakin said the written demand was a reaction to a letter sent by
American Republican senators Mark Kirk and Dan Coates asking FIFA to
exclude Russia from the 2014 World Cup.
"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," Sidyakin
wrote on Twitter.
Sidyakin represents the United Russia party, which is the largest in
the country and is closely associated with President Vladimir Putin,
who was once its leader.
Markelov is a member of the Fair Russia party, though neither is
seen as a high-profile politician within the country.
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When contacted by Reuters, a FIFA spokesperson said the organization
had no comment.
The 2014 soccer World Cup will be staged in Brazil from June 12 to
(Editing by Toby Davis)
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