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BERLIN, September 07, /ITAR-TASS/. Europe’s football boss, Michel Platini, has said the idea of boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia over the Ukrainian crisis is stupid and ridiculous.
In an interview with Germany’s Welt am Sonntag on Sunday, the UEFA president said the decision to organize the next World Cup in Russia was a right one from the point of view of the development of football, since Russia had never hosted global-scale football events.
He said he saw no sense in boycotting the World Cup in Russia, citing as a reason that Western countries had their embassies in Russia working in a regular regime and Western airlines, such as Lufthansa, performing daily flights to Moscow.
In an interview with another German publication, Die Bild am Sonntag, he voiced a similar viewpoint, calling the very idea of boycotting big sports events a stupid thing. Sport of football must not solve problems that big politics cannot solve, he said.
Earlier, a number of Western media said that European Union looked at boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a measure to exert pressure on Moscow in the context of the situation in Ukraine. These reports have not been confirmed officially.
The FIFA 2018 World Cup is planned to be held at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities from June 8 to July 8, 2018.