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(Talking Points Memo)   Republican Senators asks FIFA to boot Russia from World Cup because of Crimea crisis. Looks like the ball is in their court now and subby hopes FIFA tackles that issue as long as they can still have a shot at it   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 22
    More: Interesting, Fifa, World Cup, Russia, tackles, Dan Coats, Yugoslavia  
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2014-03-07 08:11:38 PM  
Since when did the US care about soccer?
 
2014-03-07 08:40:34 PM  
Better yet, let all the break away areas enter their own teams.
 
2014-03-07 08:42:34 PM  
This just means Putin will need to add a bit more to the annual bribe check.
 
2014-03-07 08:43:12 PM  
Who can write a bigger check, Russia or the US?  I have a feeling that the Russian team is safely in the field.  The US team on the other hand with their conduct around the world and inability to not pay bribes to sporting organizations could be in danger.
 
2014-03-07 08:45:53 PM  
A GOP Senator stopped "stirring the borscht" to Putin's dreamy visage? Sounds like another RINO!
 
2014-03-07 08:48:15 PM  
Balls
 
2014-03-07 09:01:41 PM  
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2014-03-07 09:07:56 PM  
You guys are aware FIFA is more corrupt than Putin will ever be, right?
 
2014-03-07 09:19:21 PM  
Laser like focus.
 
2014-03-07 09:37:05 PM  
Hahaha

Money speaks to FIFA, not words.
 
2014-03-07 09:39:46 PM  
Yes, because that's a thing that FIFA does: listen to what governments think.

The GOP carries this far enough, Blatter will probably end up having the United States kicked out instead for being a government that attempted to interfere in FIFA's affairs.
 
2014-03-07 09:52:25 PM  
Considering the track record of some of the host nations I don't see FIFA doing anything unless either the bribe payments get tied up in sanctions or if for some reason the security situation in Russia deteriorates but I would imagine a request from the US to kick them out will be politely dismissed.
 
2014-03-07 10:40:27 PM  
Is Russia even qualified for the world cup?
 
2014-03-07 10:55:13 PM  

grimlock1972: Is Russia even qualified for the world cup?


They are qualified. and they are in a pretty easy group too.

Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
 
2014-03-08 12:09:00 AM  
FARK needs a "Not Happening" tag.
 
2014-03-08 12:26:21 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Since when did the US care about soccer?


Since the USA put in a bid for the tournament in both 2018 and 2022 and might have a chance if a rebidding process was done, especially with the relatively short notice.  I'd wager that the two senators who are doing this are senators from states with nice stadiums that might benefit financially from the USA hosting another World Cup, and would be able to use said World Cup and their involvement in it to campaign.

Just a thought.
 
2014-03-08 12:50:28 AM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: Nadie_AZ: Since when did the US care about soccer?

Since the USA put in a bid for the tournament in both 2018 and 2022 and might have a chance if a rebidding process was done, especially with the relatively short notice.  I'd wager that the two senators who are doing this are senators from states with nice stadiums that might benefit financially from the USA hosting another World Cup, and would be able to use said World Cup and their involvement in it to campaign.

Just a thought.


Illinois and Indiana. The official bid included Indianapolis, but not Chicago.
 
2014-03-08 01:10:25 AM  

Gosling: HideAndGoFarkYourself: Nadie_AZ: Since when did the US care about soccer?

Since the USA put in a bid for the tournament in both 2018 and 2022 and might have a chance if a rebidding process was done, especially with the relatively short notice.  I'd wager that the two senators who are doing this are senators from states with nice stadiums that might benefit financially from the USA hosting another World Cup, and would be able to use said World Cup and their involvement in it to campaign.

Just a thought.

Illinois and Indiana. The official bid included Indianapolis, but not Chicago.


Why am I not surprised that an idiot from my home state was involved in this nonsense!
 
2014-03-08 01:52:54 AM  
Now THIS is the kind of thing Congress should be spending it's time on. Now let's pass 52 or so non-binding resolutions, and call it a day.
 
2014-03-08 07:13:36 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Since when did the US care about soccer?


Mostly we don't, but we know that the rest of the world does.

Plus the selfish motivations previously mentioned.
 
2014-03-08 11:04:58 AM  
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The gloves are off and I'm playing hard ball, Vladimir. It's fourth and fifteen and you're looking at a full court press.
 
2014-03-09 12:45:37 AM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: FARK needs a "Not Happening" tag.


We already have one.
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