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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Should Russia Be Allowed to Host the 2018 World Cup?

Posted by on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 tragedy, the Washington Post reports the list of potential actions against Russia has grown a bit longer:

Some are venturing a new line of attack: depriving Russia of the privilege of hosting the 2018 soccer World Cup.

"If Putin doesn’t actively cooperate on clearing up the plane crash, the soccer World Cup in Russia in 2018 is unimaginable," Peter Beuth, the interior minister of the German state of Hesse, told the mass-market Bild newspaper.

If it feels like we were just having a conversation about using a global sporting event to punish Russia, well, we were. Still:

 

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Ernie1 1
No. There are plenty of other countries in the world who can provide a reasonable expectation that your airplane won't get shot down in or near their airspace on the way to/from the event.

Oh, and where you can be gay without fearing violence.
Posted by Ernie1 on July 24, 2014 at 6:09 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
it's a tough one: they're tipping into full-blown paranoid fascism already, pulling the Cup will just cement their sense of victimhood.

then again, why reward bad behavior.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 24, 2014 at 7:34 AM · Report this
Banna 4
To paraphrase John Stewart on the Daily Show, just leave it where it is because why would you want to try and deal with the one group more corrupt and thuggish than Russia (FIFA)? They deserve each other. If Russia continues on its current trajectory, hopefully all the sensible countries will boycott the games after Russia and FIFA spends all their money on trying to get the damn thing going.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on July 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM · Report this
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If what you're looking for is a way to symbolically "punish" Russia without jeopardizing Europe's oil supply, I suppose you could do a lot worse than this.
Posted by robotslave on July 24, 2014 at 8:17 AM · Report this
fletc3her 7
Hosting the World Cup almost seems like a punishment.
Posted by fletc3her on July 24, 2014 at 8:41 AM · Report this
JonnoN 8
@5 nothing "symbolic" about billions of dollars.
Posted by JonnoN http://www.backnine.org/ on July 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM · Report this
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Grab all posts pre-Sochi.

.replace("Olympics", "World Cup")

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM · Report this
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FIFA should just make sure that Russia's bracket has both Germany and Brazil in it. :-)
Posted by supergp on July 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
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Oh, I think Russia should definitely host the World Cup. And every team in the world should boycott it in disgust over both Russia and FIFA. Let them spend the millions of dollars on a party and no one shows up.
Posted by Jenkitty on July 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
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FIFA's rules explicitly forbid national and international politics to influence the World Cup. Any nation can enter, any nation can bid to host. It's not up to anyone else to decide.
Posted by rhombus on July 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM · Report this
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Let putin spend a bajillion $ to host the event and then have the world boycott it because of his racist, homophobic stupidity. russia is heading down the wrong path if they want to recognized as a humane society.
Posted by longwayhome on July 24, 2014 at 9:09 PM · Report this

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