Urged sanctions on Russia would send Israel to World Cup

By JTA
March 24, 2014 00:47

 
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Israel would participate in the 2014 World Cup if the head of international soccer’s governing body heeds the suggestion of two US senators to sanction Russia over its Crimea actions.

Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dan Coates (R-Ind.) in their letter last week urged FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter to suspend Russia from the World Cup in Brazil as punishment for its takeover of Crimea.

If Russia is banned from participation, its place would be assigned to Israel, which finished third in Group F at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, trailing Russia and Portugal.

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