Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Robert Menendez sent an open letter to the FIFA Congress urging to refrain from supporting Sepp Blatter, the incumbent president if the organization, on the forthcoming elections of the president of the organization because of his support of Russia holding 2018 FIFA World Cup, Joinfo.ua reports.
"In light of President Blatter's continued support for Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup – despite Russia's ongoing violations of Ukraine's territorial integrity and other challenges to the post-WWII security architecture – we ask that you reconsider your support for President Blatter's fifth term as FIFA President," the senators wrote.
During the 65th FIFA Congress, which will take place on May 29 in Zurich, will be elected the president of this organization.
In the letter, Menendes and McCain focused on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, the violation of the Minsk-1 and Minsk-2, dangerous maneuvers of Russian planes near NATO airspace, Russia's withdrawal from the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, and others.
"… We believe that allowing Russia to host the World Cup would bolster the Putin regime at a time when it should be condemned," the letter reads.
Senators also noted that 40 member countries of FIFA have imposed sanctions against Russia to influence its behavior towards Ukraine.
"The next president of FIFA has a responsibility to ensure not only a safe and successful 2018 World Cup, but the endurance of the FIFA mission that claims to promote football "globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values." We strongly encourage you to elect a president who will uphold these values and work to deny the Putin regime the privilege of hosting the 2018 World Cup," the letter reads.