The mounting tensions between the U.S. and Russia have now spilled over into the world of soccer.
Two members of the Russian Parliament by the names of Alexander Sidyakin and Michael Markelov have sent an open letter to FIFA demanding that the American team be banned from the 2014 World Cup. The letter, which was dated March 11th, labels the recent aggressive actions taken against Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya as warranting of an expulsion from the event. Events taking place near the border of Syria were also denounced by Sidyakin and Markelov.
The petition stated that “U.S.’s military aggression against several sovereign states as well as numerous cases of human rights violation all over the world revealed by E. Snowden,” were reason enough for Soccer Federation to “urgently convene an emergency session to consider suspending U.S.’s membership in FIFA and denying the U.S. team the right to participate in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”
Sidyakin represents “United Russia” a major party within his country, which has close ties to Vladimir Putin as he was once party leader. While it is yet to be seen how FIFA will respond to the dispatch it is safe to assume that this will not help to dispel political tensions between the two nations.
As of the moment, FIFA has declined to comment on the matter.