Senators in the District of Criminals Behind DOJ Shakedown of #FIFA

Posted: May 28, 2015 in Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the arrests of top FIFA delegates in a US probe as an attempt by Washington to oust Sepp Blatter as head of the organization.

“This is clearly an attempt to block the reelection of Blatter as president of FIFA and is an extremely serious breach of the principles of how international organizations work,” Putin said in televised comments broadcast Thursday, accusing the United States of trying to “spread its jurisdiction to other countries”.

Russia is due to host the World Cup in 2018 and Putin claimed that Blatter has previously rejected “pressure put on him with the aim of banning” the event in Russia.

Moscow and the West are locked in a standoff over the crisis in Ukraine and some hawkish U.S. senators have called for the 2018 World Cup to be withdrawn from Russia.

The lead signers were Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the foreign relations panel’s Europe subcommittee.

Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also signed the letter, as did Senator Richard Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate.

Recently the Palestinian’s had bid to have Israel suspended from FIFA as part of much broader international pressure on Israel to recognize a Palestinian state. The Vatican’s recent recognition of Palestinian statehood is the latest in a series of such successes for the Palestinian Authority.

Full Story @ [ZeeNews]

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