Russia & Qatar we shouldn’t be going – by Steve McGregor

Date: 15th January 2017

Russia & Qatar

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) statement calling for a ban on all Russian participation and hosting of international sporting events – which would include the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup – has been described as “strange” and “beyond the scope of their activities” by Russian minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov. However, FIFA in a way that only FIFA can is ignoring the facts that nobody in football wants to go to the next two World Cup destinations.

FIFA remains under investigation, the two World Cup bids in question are far from clean and yet our football authorities seem incapable or unwilling to challenge FIFA. The World Anti Doping agency have called for banning Russia all major sporting activities and the silence from FIFA is deafening. This is maybe no surprise to anybody when you hear the United Nations accuse Russia of War Crimes in Syria a few months back and nobody even raises an eyebrow about the 2018 World Cup. Given the shocking treatment of the GLBT community in that country you really start to see that ethics and integrity are words that really have no place in world football. Otherwise, why have our national football organisations stood by whilst this farce continues in Russia and ordinary workers have continued to be denied basic rights in Qatar.

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