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Ukrainian lawmakers set to debate on banning TV-broadcasting of 2018 FIFA World Cup

May 14, 13:41 UTC+3 KIEV

Ukrainian lawmakers are set to debate on a draft law, which stipulates the prohibition of television broadcasting of 2018 FIFA World Cup matches

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KIEV, May 14. /TASS/. Ukrainian lawmakers are set to debate on a draft law, which stipulates the prohibition of television broadcasting of 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, which kick off next month in 11 cities across Russia.

The draft law was submitted with the Ukrainian parliament, the Supreme Rada, on Monday and, according to the authors of the initiative, it will be "an actual and effective tool for preventing the popularization of an aggressor country in Ukraine."

The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC) announced its decision earlier in the year against broadcasting matches of the upcoming global football championship this summer in Russia, while the Ukrainian State Border Service issued a warning calling on the citizens of Ukraine against travelling to Russia to see world football championship’s matches citing security reasons.

Late last month, the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) voiced its decision against sending national officials to the 68th FIFA Congress, scheduled for June 13 in Moscow. The FFU empowered Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Moscow Ruslan Nimchinsky to attend the Congress in order to avoid possible sanctions on behalf of the FIFA.

The Ukrainian national football team finished third (after Iceland and Croatia) in its group during the qualifying stage for the upcoming global football championship thus failing to secure a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The FFU also announced a decision to refuse its quota of tickets allocated for matches of the world football championship, held once in four years.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 30 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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