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LONDON---Britain s deputy prime minister
wants Russia stripped of the right to host
the 2018 World Cup to punish President
Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behavior" in
the Ukraine crisis.
While calling for tougher sanctions against
Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times
newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President
Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to
exploit football s biggest sporting event to
enhance his own status.
Clegg s intervention comes after some law-
makers in Germany called for the World Cup
to be moved because of Russia s alleged
involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Air-
lines plane over Ukraine, killing all 298 people
"After this terrible, terrible downing of that
jet, it is essential that the European Union
gets tough on Vladimir Putin," Clegg was
quoted as saying. "We ve got to take tougher
sanctions, but also we ve got to make it quite
clear that he cannot expect to get the privileges
of being at the top table of world affairs if he s
not prepared to play by the basic rules of world
"If he carries on with this belligerent behav-
ior...it s unthinkable that he should have the
privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2018.
You can t have the beautiful game marred by
the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-
Clegg, who leads Britain s Liberal Democrats,
said the Russian president had already "milked"
the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February,
and that hosting the World Cup would be "an
enormous advantage to Putin personally."
"There s no question he sees it for himself
and for his prestige as a huge gain," Clegg
said. "The idea that the world should accord
Russia that prestige is beyond belief. I don t
know how many people have got to be shot
out of the skies before people say enough is
Moscow has continually denied involvement
in the downing of the plane.
FIFA is standing by Russia as the next World
Cup hosts, saying Friday that keeping the
tournament "can achieve positive change" in
FIFA president Sepp Blatter had already
rejected calls to strip Russia of the tournament
after it annexed the Crimea earlier this year.
ROME---A leading candidate for Italian football
federation president is facing fierce criticism and
calls to step aside following a racist comment.
Amateur leagues president Carlo Tavecchio caused
a stir on Friday when he discussed the presence of
foreign players in Italy.
"In England they select players based on profes-
sionalism, whereas we say that Opti Poba is here,
he was eating bananas before and now he s starting
for Lazio and that s OK," Tavecchio said, using a
hypothetical name and situation.
Tavecchio apologised and claimed he is not racist
but the players and coaches associations both
The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper also called
for the 71-year-old Tavecchio to stand down in an
The only other candidate in the August 11 election
is former AC Milan player and current federation
vice president Demetrio Albertini.
Former FIGC president Giancarlo Abete resigned
along with national team coach Cesare Prandelli
immediately after Italy s first-round elimination from
the World Cup last month.
The new president s first job will be to name a
replacement for Prandelli.
VANCOUVER---Former US international Jay
DeMerit has retired from football after struggling
with a string of injuries.
DeMerit, the first player signed by Major League
Soccer s expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010,
officially announced his retirement Thursday.
The 34-year-old center back spent six seasons
with the English club Watford FC, helping the team
gain promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and
serving briefly as captain.
He also had 25 international caps for the United
States, starting four matches at the 2010 World Cup.
DeMerit missed most of the 2013 season with a
torn Achilles tendon, and last month tore a tendon
in his left ankle in a 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia
Italian FA candidate
criticised for racist
Former US international
UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup
FLASHBACK: FIFA president Sepp Blatter, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a
soccer ball during the official ceremony of handover to Russia as the 2018 World Cup hosts,
after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana
Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13. AP PHOTO
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