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Revoke the Russian Federation's Hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most important international sporting events in the world. It is an event of epic proportions that delivers top-class sporting action and thus has a large social, economic and development impact. In 2010, the 2018 World Cup was awarded to the Russian Federation by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. However, recognizing that sport occurs only within the framework of peace, unity, non-discrimination and respect for human rights, we believe that permitting the Russian Federation to host a world-class event of this magnitude is clearly incompatible with the FIFA’s core principles and objectives.

Since March 2014, Ukraine has been suffering from brutal interference in its internal, sovereign affairs by the Russian Federation including the military invasions in Crimea and Donbas, illegal occupation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and orchestration of violent terrorist activities across eastern Ukraine. As a result of this military aggression, over 6000 people have been killed, tens of thousands have been wounded and millions have been forced to flee their homes.

The Russian Federation's continuing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine has been strongly condemned by the free world. On March 27, 2014 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution 68/262 "Territorial integrity of Ukraine" in response to the 2014 illegal invasion of and occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

On May 27, US and Swiss authorities seized documents at FIFA and "opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement, and of money laundering in connection of the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups."

Taking this into account and considering that the World Cup host country usually makes up the “public face” by which FIFA expresses its values to the world, we strongly believe that it is completely unacceptable to have the Russian Federation as the host country for the 2018 World Cup. Russia’s behaviour expressly contradicts FIFA’s values, and considerably undermines the reputation of world football in general and of FIFA in particular.

In light of the above, we ask FIFA respond to Russia’s aggression, fundamental violation of international law and core shared values by immediately withdrawing the right from the Russian Federation to host the 2018 World Cup.

 

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