UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg: Russia should be stripped of 2018 World Cup

Monday July 28th, 2014

United Kingdom deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said FIFA should strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup following the country's alleged involvement in the Malaysia Airlines crash earlier this month, BBC Sport reports.

Clegg joins a group of German politicians who recently suggested moving the 2018 World Cup, but FIFA said last week it will not strip Russia of the event. FIFA said the World Cup will be a "force for good."

Clegg said taking the tournament away from Russia would send an appropriate message to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

"If there's one thing that Vladimir Putin cares about, as far as I can see, it's his sense of status," he said.

"Maybe reminding him that you can't retain the same status in the world if you ignore the rest of the world, maybe that will have some effect on his thinking."

While Clegg did say the UK could be an alternative host, he said that is not his goal in asking FIFA to move the tournament.

On July 17, 298 people died when MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

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