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UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg wants Russia stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis
The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behaviour" in the Ukraine crisis.

While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to exploit football's biggest sporting event to enhance his own status.

UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg wants Russia stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis
The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behaviour" in the Ukraine crisis.

While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to exploit football's biggest sporting event to enhance his own status.

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup, says tournament can be force for good
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - FIFA has rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."

Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week prompted calls from some lawmakers in Germany to review the country's hosting rights.

On Friday, political pressure on Russia increased when the European Union moved to freeze assets and restrict travel for more individuals and businesses.

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