FIFA Committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia

FIFA said the World Cup could be a "powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments", uniting teams and nations.

updated: July 26, 2014 11:00 IST
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FIFA President Joseph Blatter and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose during handing over of the 2018 FIFA World Cup signed certificate to Russia on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.


FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer's world governing body said on Friday.

The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government came to a head last week with the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, leading to the deaths of 298 people.

Moscow denies supporting the separatists, but following the disaster senior German lawmakers raised the possibility of stripping Russia of the hosting rights to the World Cup. (Russian president inherits World Cup baton)

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