News

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

FIFA:The governing body also says "boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation" doesn't work. Photo: Associated Press

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament “can achieve positive change.”

Russia’s alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week prompted calls from some lawmakers in Germany to review the country’s hosting rights.

FIFA says it supports “any peaceful and democratic debate” and “deplores any form of violence.”

The governing body also says “boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation” doesn’t work.

FIFA, which has Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko on its executive committee, says a World Cup in the country “can be a force for good.”

FIFA President Sepp Blatter already rejected calls in March to strip Russia of the tournament after it annexed the Crimea.

News from ClarksvilleNow.com

flag-with-tags

today in Military, News

Bill to give veterans hiring preference fails

Bill was designed to help veterans and their spouses find employment.

color-casing-liberia

today in Military, News

101st Airborne Division heads home after successful mission in Liberia

Color casing ceremony signified the successful completion of a five-month deployment to Liberia.

election

today in News

Possible GOP candidates for president headed to Tennessee

Tennessee has kicked off a flurry of visits from potential Republican presidential candidates.

doghouse-edited

yesterday in News

Authorities respond to viral video of dogs in snowy Clarksville backyard

Several citizens lodged complaints saying the dogs were left in the cold without proper shelter.

net neutrality REUTERS

yesterday in News

FCC rules Internet companies must act in ‘public interest’

The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what’s called “net neutrality.”