This was reported on Thursday, April 2 by Associated Press citing an email of FIFA Director of Communications Delia Fischer.
“Boycotting sporting events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems,” – wrote Fisher.
The competition of this level can be the impetus for a constructive political dialogue. “We think that the World Cup is able to be a force that is doing good. And FIFA believes that it will be so with the World Cup in Russia “, – noted the representative of the federation.
A group of US Senators sent on the eve of FIFA President Joseph Blatter letter demanding to deprive Russia of the right to host the championship. In their opinion, this would inappropriately strengthen the prestige of Russia. The letter was signed by both Democratic and Republican senators, including former US presidential candidate John McCain.
One year ago – in March of 2014 – US Senators Mark Kirk and Dan Coates also appealed to Blatter with a call to suspend Russia’s membership in FIFA and deprive the country of the right to host the 2018 World Cup. Then, the Federation declined the request of the politicians, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke wrote a reply.
Other politicians and coaches of national teams also made calls to influence Russia through some sanctions in the football world. But there were also voices against it. For example, this idea was not supported by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the country-progenitor of the game.