Menendez: Dump soccer chief to move World Cup out of Russia

Menendez: Dump soccer chief to move World Cup out of Russia


By:  Jonathan D. Salant
NJ Advance Media


U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez says soccer's international governing body should elect a new president since the current chief wants to keep the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

In a letter to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known as FIFA, Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked members to back someone other than incumbent Sepp Blatter, who supports holding the World Cup soccer tournament in Russia.

The senators noted that President Vladimir Putin's Russia is under international sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine. The 65th FIFA congress convenes May 29 to elect a new president,

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